Deadly Snake Interrupts Dominic Thiem at Brisbane International Tennis Match

Dominic Thiem’s qualifying match at the Brisbane International was interrupted by none other than one of Australia’s most venomous snakes Saturday. The former U.S. Open champion was one set into a first round qualifying match against Australian James McCabe when fans reportedly spotted the snake near the courtside electrical wires.

Professionals safely removed the snake, a 50 cm eastern brown, during a 40 minute break from playing. The 30-year-old Austrian tennis star said the event was memorable, commenting “I really love animals, especially exotic ones. But they said it was a really poisonous snake and it was close to the ball kids, so it was a really dangerous situation.”

“It’s something that has never happened to me and is something I’ll definitely never forget,” he added.

The incident didn’t stop Thiem from victory after the snake’s removal. He won against McCabe with a 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 and advanced to the final round of the qualifying tournament.

Though he was once ranked No. 3 in the world, Thiem is currently ranked at 98 due to a wrist injury. On Sunday, he will face either Giulio Zeppieri or Omar Jasika in the final qualifying round.

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