Snake Interruption at Brisbane International
During Dominic Thiem’s qualifying match at the Brisbane International, an unexpected visitor halted the game for a remarkable 40 minutes.
The encounter occurred as Australian player James McCabe claimed the initial set 6-2 against the 2020 US Open champion.
Spectators were startled when a snake appeared near the court, nestled amidst the electrical wires.
Pause for the Unexpected Visitor
The match came to an abrupt halt as concerns for safety emerged with the reptile’s presence.
Play was suspended until the arrival of a snake catcher who skillfully coaxed the snake into a bag, alleviating the tension surrounding the situation.
Australia’s Fauna Encounter
Although the exact species of the snake remained unidentified, the incident underscored Australia’s reputation as home to a significant number of the world’s most venomous snakes.
Despite this, fatalities from snake bites in the country are uncommon.
Thiem’s Remarkable Comeback
Amidst the unexpected pause and unusual circumstances, Thiem showcased resilience.
Despite losing the initial set, he staged an impressive comeback, ultimately securing victory with a 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over McCabe.
The unusual interruption due to the snake’s appearance added an unexpected twist to the match, making it a memorable event at the Brisbane International.
By Garrin Lambley, © Agence France-Presse
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