During tennis match, 7-piece band plays 'Fly Like an Eagle', 'Hey Ya!'

During tennis match, 7-piece band plays 'Fly Like an Eagle', 'Hey Ya!'

The changeovers during the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne, Germany were as entertaining as the competition itself.

As Rodney Dangerfield might have put it, "I went to a concert the other night, and a tennis match broke out."

There was plenty of entertainment on the court Friday at the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne, Germany, including top seed Alexander Zverev's three-set win over qualifier Lloyd Harris. But some the most memorable scenes from the pandemic-induced pop-up tournament took place once play had paused for a changeover, or for a five-minute break between sets.

That's when stuff like this happened:


Yes, that's the Steve Miller Band's 1976 tune "Fly Like an Eagle", playing over second-set match stats from the Dennis Novak-Alejandro Davidovich Fokina quarterfinal. Tennis nerd-dom never sounded so good!

I implore you to check out the entire 4:40 clip, which includes second-set highlights set to a soundtrack. They've been cut in such a way that it truthfully feels like you're watching a music video.

But that wasn't all from the Cologne cover band. As one of the few journalists on site, Jannik Schneider of Germany's Advantage-Podcast shared another song with those watching and listening from home.

"So far this is the saddest thing I have seen at a Livesportevent," Schneider wrote. To be clear, he was referring to the scene, not the music.

And with that, here's James Brown's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine":

But this band doesn't just churn out seventies hits. Like the players hitting on the all-grey court nearby, it showed its versatility by moving into the 21st century—with a rendition of Outkast's 2003 smash, "Hey Ya!"

 

At one point, the chair umpire buts in—please, show some respect!—with the following message: "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bautista Agut is receiving a medical time-out."

What's cooler than being cool? This seven-piece band. Let's hope they keep bringing the hits all weekend long.