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Players Light Up Memphis Grizzlies' NBA Game

Memphis, U.S.A.

Lopez© Ron AngleFeliciano Lopez served as honorary captain and met fellow Spaniard Marc Gasol.

On Tuesday night, several players from the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships were able to take in the sights and sounds of Memphis by heading to Beale Street to watch the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Washington Wizards at the FedEx Forum.

Feliciano Lopez served as honourary captain and met fellow Spaniard Marc Gasol at centre court in pre-game festivities, where the two exchanged a tennis racquet and jersey before the singing of the National Anthem.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, last year's doubles champions, also got in on the fun. In between quarters, the Bryan Brothers met Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock on the court for a "Winter Olympics" challenge. The challenge: one partner makes a free throw, then the other hits a tennis ball to peg a pizza-pan-size target on the club level. Harrison shot... and scored. Sock nailed the target a second later. Each completed their task with a single try to the amazement of the crowd. After the contest, the young Americans received their first gold medals.

To kick off the final quarter of play, No. 2 seeded doubles partners Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen threw out Grizzlies T-shirts and signed tennis balls redeemable for tournament tickets. The icing on the cake: Grizzlies won 92 to 89.

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