A US Open match between Julien Benneteau and Olivier Rochus on Wednesday (NZT) was interrupted in the second set by a squirrel running onto the court.

Both Benneteau and Rochus seemed annoyed with the delay as they tried to scare the squirrel into running away, but the commentators seemed more compassionate judging by their comments.

"Its now decided it wants to play on the court," one of the commentators said. "That's nasty Julien, don't try to hit it with the ball. He'll think its food. Poor little thing is scared now."

The squirrel eventually ran away but it may not be the last we see of this curious critter if it can gain a cult following like the "rally squirrel" who became famous during the Major League Baseball playoffs.


Benneteau won the match 7-6 6-2 6-3 and progressed through to the second round.