TENNIS stars Alexander Zverev and Dominik Koepfer played through an EARTHQUAKE during their Acapulco Open semi-final tie.
Tremors shook the arena at the Hotel Princess Mundo Imperial as Koepfer served at 40/15 in the first game of the second set.
The 5.7 magnitude quake caused spectators in the crowd to gasp, although both Zverev and Koepfer were completely oblivious to it.
After the match, which he won, 6-4, 7-6, Germany’s Zverev said: “I didn’t know what happened.
“Neither did Dominik. We just heard the crowd. I guess the lights started shaking and the crowd felt it more than we did.
“We were running around the court, so we had to play a point during the earthquake.
““We didn’t feel much, but still obviously I know it happens here in Acapulco. I’ve witnessed it here before, so I guess it’s normal for Acapulco.
“Last year we had a similar thing during my match or during my practice.
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“I don’t remember. It was bigger though, because I saw the lights shaking.
“I didn’t see anything today. But I guess it happens in this area.
“Everything is proved to be stable… I hope everyone is fine at the area that is closest to the earthquake.”
Neal Skupski also felt the quake after his doubles match with brother Ken.
He said: “It was really strange, that. I actually thought it was some massage technique that he was doing, because the bed was shaking.
“I just thought it was normal. Then an alarm went off on his phone and that’s when I thought, ‘This is a bit strange.’
“Then he said, ‘We’re going to go outside because of an earthquake.’ I couldn’t put my clothes on quick enough to get out of the building.
“I [experienced] one before many years ago in Italy throughout the night, but not as big as that one. Really weird and I don’t want to be in one of them again.”
The final of the Acapulco Open will see Zverev take on rising Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who his semi-final against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 6-1, 6-3.