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There's a lot of sports out there, and if it feels like a new one is popping up everyday, that may be because it is. At Crandon Park Beach, the Miami Open featured a footvolley exhibition, with Jamie Murray, Bruno Soares, Joao Saousa, Kristina Mladenovic and Daria Kasatkina trying their skills out.
If it looks incredibly difficult, that's because it is.
"We enjoyed it a lot and I think we did quite OK, right?" Mladenovic said, likening the sport to volleyball.
And Soares and Murray should have been naturals, given they've teamed up to win multiple Slams together.
But the women held their own too, with a simple strategy in mind.
"I just put the ball on the other side, like in tennis," Kasatkina said.