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Mysterious 'backwards-flying' plane at Roland Garros baffles fans, annoys players

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Camera above Roland Garros in the shape of a plane

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ByDan Quarrell
02/06/2015 at 10:37 | Updated 02/06/2015 at 13:07
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The mystery surrounding the strange shadows of a plane appearing to fly backwards at the French Open has finally been solved.

Fans have spent days musing about the bizarre shadows which keep appearing on the courts at Roland Garros which seem to show a plane flying backwards.

Andy Murray looked baffled and frustrated as he attempted to come to grips with the situation earlier in the tournament and the situation came to a head as Serena Williams faced Sloane Stephens.

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Social media was abuzz with confusion over the shadows during Serena’s match against her American compatriot.

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Mysterious 'backwards-flying' plane at Roland Garros baffles fans, annoys players

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Well, it seems we finally have an explanation for the ‘backwards-flying’ plane.

Sponsored by the sly foxes at Emirates, the shadow of the plane has been caused by a camera attached to a wire that runs from one side of the court to the other.

The airline’s advertising idea has proved not particularly discreet in annoying players and confusing fans, but it has now generated considerable publicity.

Ah well, at least there isn’t a real plane flying backwards above Paris, which would not have been a great idea.

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