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A swarm of bees caused a massive delay during a quarterfinal match between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev at the BNP Paribas Open.

The tournament takes place in Indian Wells, United States and is a favourite among the world’s tennis greats.

Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani paused the game as more bees swarmed the court in California. The match umpire announced to the crowd that there was a “bee invasion” on the court.

The players had to run and take cover in the locker room. Alcaraz made it in time, but the footage has since shown Lahyani being stung on the head.

The match was about to start again when more bees made their way to the court. Another one hour and 48 minute delay then took place.

Alcaraz shared his shock with reporters.

“It’s the most unusual match I have ever played in my career. I’ve never experienced something like that. I’ve never seen something like that.”

The Spaniard shared that it was a memorable match.

“I think I will remember that match because of that. I think everybody will remember this situation, and we found it a funny thing, that’s for sure.”

Image credit: Sky News

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