Swarm of bees attacks Carlos Alcaraz during Indian Wells match

Match is postponed after Alcaraz is stung on forehead

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You cannot make this stuff up. At Indian Wells during his quarterfinal match against Alexander Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz was surrounded by a swarm of bees. He tried to fan them away from his face, but the bees persisted.

In the midst of this, he was stung on the forehead, and the match was suspended at 1-1. This match is being played on Court 1 and upon its completion, Daniil Medvedev and Holger Rune are expected to play their quarterfinal match on the same court.

Whereas the weather has been great the past few days, the Indian Wells desert was plagued with rain in the early days of the tournament, and now the bees have taken over.

Is tennis becoming a dangerous sport?

Earlier this season at the Brisbane International qualifying matches, Dominic Thiem had a venomous snake slither onto the court while he was playing. At that time, it was the most bizarre event to occur during a tennis match, but the Alcaraz bee attack could win the prize. We do not know if Alcaraz is allergic to bees, or how tournament officials are dealing with the bee invastion.

This is not what iconic boxer Muhammad Ali had in mind when he said, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Earlier in the day, on Court 2, thankfully not infested with bees, Jannik Sinner defeated Jiri Lehecka in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, and American Tommy Paul beat Casper Ruud in three sets to advance to the semifinals. Paul will face the winner of the Medvedev and Rune match while Sinner gets the winner of the Alcaraz and Zverev match. Many are hoping that Alcaraz can win his semifinal because they want to see a Sinner and Alcaraz showdown. There would be plenty of buzz over it, pun intended.

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