It’s one thing to be a Grand Slam champion, it’s another to have a court named after you, so the least you would expect is some courtesy on that court!
Madrid-born Manolo Santana is one of the Spain’s most famous sporting greats having won four singles Grand Slam titles and been ranked as the world no 1 in the 1960s – he has been honoured by having the main show court at the Caja Magica named after him as a result of such achievements.
So when Santana took his seat to watch current No 1 Andy Murray in action on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon he may have thought he was in for a relaxing afternoon.
Murray’s opponent was Romanian wild card Marius Copil, Santana part of the committee deciding the players who would pick up the wild card, so the world no 104 has the legendary Spaniard to thanks for his spot at the tournament.
What Copil can’t have expected is what followed a volley on court, as the ball looped up and into the box where Santana was enjoying the action.
Hit play on the video at the top of the page to see how it all unfolded
Sky Sports coverage of the Mutua Madrid Open continues on Wednesday from 11am on Sky Sports 1