Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela being 5’9″ is considered average height. But not next to the tallest professional tennis player in the world. Ivo Karlovic is 6’11” and Sela needed some assistance in congratulating his opponent on his victory. LITERALLY! Karlovic and Sela recently played each other in the second round at the Claro Open Columbia tournament. This post game handshake was like no other. You will see Sela disappear out of the screen, returning with a chair in his hands to congratulate his much bigger opponent. The funny thing about it, Sela still is smaller than his giant opponent even after grabbing the chair.
Karlovic stated,“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.”
It was the second straight week that Sela had lost to Karlovic. Sela said,”the two of them are good friends and that he always wanted to hug me.”