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“Really poisonous snake” Interrupts an International Tennis Match

Dominic Thiem has encountered numerous thrilling matches throughout his career, but none quite as memorable as his initial qualifying round at the 2024 Brisbane International.

Following a first-set loss against an inspired Australian wildcard, the match took an unexpected turn when a snake slithered onto the court.

“I have a deep appreciation for animals, particularly exotic ones,” Thiem expressed. “However, they informed me that it was a highly venomous snake and it posed a significant danger to the ballkids, so it was a very precarious situation.”

“It’s an experience that has never occurred in my career, and it’s something I will undoubtedly remember forever.”

After safely removing the snake from the court, Thiem found himself in a challenging situation when play resumed. His 20-year-old opponent, James McCabe, swiftly raced to a 6-2 5-3 40-0 lead and appeared on the brink of securing his first victory over a top-100 player.

“He was performing exceptionally well, especially with his serves,” Thiem remarked.

Nevertheless, the 2020 US Open champion displayed resilience, staging a comeback to secure a hard-fought 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 victory.

For more details, check out the full story on Brisbane International Tennis.

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