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Tennis player stands on chair to give giant opponent a hug

The guy in front is still shorter. (Via YouTube)

Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela is average height. But next to the tallest professional tennis player in the world, Ivo Karlovic, Sela needed some assistance to reach his opponent’s eye level.

Instead of heading straight to the net after dropping his second-round match at the Claro Open in Colombia in straight sets, Sela, who is listed at 5 feet 9 inches, grabbed a chair and stood on it before giving a hug to the 6-11 Karlovic.

“After I won, I was going to the net to have a handshake and then I look at him and he’s going back to get a chair,” Karlovic said (via ATP). “I didn’t know what he was going to do and then he arrives and he gives me a hug, which was unbelievable and hilarious. Obviously he needed a hug, so I hugged him back.

“He’s a really nice guy and I like him a lot. It was funny.”

Sela, who has lost to the Croatian for a second straight week, said that the two are good friends and that he “always wanted to hug him.”

“I saw the chair and I thought it would be nice to finish the match like this with a hug, so the crowd will see it’s okay,” said Sela, who also noted that he was still shorter than his opponent with the chair.

(H/T SB Nation)

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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