Two players with eerily similar names played on Monday at the Geneva Open.
Joao Sousa defeated Joao Souza 7-5, 6-3 on Monday at the Geneva Open.
No, that's not a typo. Look closely and you'll see that their names are separated by exactly one letter.
Portugal's Sousa and Brazil's Souza met in the round of 32 of the clay court tournament, the last before the French Open. To avoid confusion, the umpire said "Sousa Portugal" or "Souza Brazil" to distinguish between the two players, according to Reuters.
The match was the first-ever meeting between the similarly-named players.
For the sake of confused tennis fans and umpires everywhere, let's hope that there isn't a "Novac Djokovic" or "Raphael Nadal" somewhere out there.
- Stanley Kay