But a match at the Sarasota Open in Florida had an altogether different kind of interruption – a couple having noisy sex.
The Challenger tour match between Frances Tiafoe and Mitchell Krueger reached an impromptu climax when the unmistakable sounds of a woman in the throes of passion echoed around the court.
Tiafoe, who was about to serve, is seen looking up towards the sound with a smile, as the crowd bursts out laughing.
Meanwhile Kreuger marched over to his chair, grabbed a spare tennis ball and smashed it in the direction of the romping couple.
But the groaning continued, to the point a bemused Tiafoe looked up and shouted: “He can’t be that good!”
Cameras also picked up a mother telling her young boy to cover his ears.
In the end, the noisy couple failed to put the 19-year old Tiafoe off his strokes.
He powered through the match 6-3, 6-2.