Animals ambush tennis stars during the Australian Open bringing two games to a standstill

Only in Australia: Wild animals ambush tennis stars during the Australian Open bringing two games to a standstill

  • Tennis match at Melbourne Park was brought to a standstill on Monday night 
  • A flock of seagulls and abundance of beetles inundated venue, causing chaos
  • One tennis player likened to the scene to Alfred Hitchcock’s movie ‘The Birds’ 

There may not any crowds at the Australian Open but there is certainly still an abundance of local wildlife.  

Two tennis players had their matches at Melbourne Park interrupted on Monday night after the court was swarmed with seagulls and insects.  

Madison Brengle was taking on Bianca Andreescu when a scene likened to Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ dramatically unfolded. 

A tennis match at Melbourne Park was interrupted on Monday night after a flock of seagulls swarmed the venue

Madison Brengle was taking on Bianca Andreescu in the Phillip island Trophy when the seagulls swooped 

Officials were forced to delay the match after a flock of seagulls inundated the area and swooped down to eye-level.   

One seagull was seen nonchalantly walking around the court seemingly oblivious to the havoc they were causing to play.

‘It’s like a Hitchcock… thing,’ Brengle quipped.  

An exasperated Brengle was at one stage seen trying to use her racquet to keep a seagull away from the court when play was able to get underway. 

But it was not just the seagulls making their presence felt at the venue, with a ‘plague of beetles’ also interrupting the game.     

On Twitter, the Tennis Podcast noted: ‘Really quite a lot of seagull poo landing on the court. In addition to the seagull poo, the court is also being invaded by beetles. Because Australia.’ 

The flock of seagulls led Brengle to liken the scene at Melbourne Park to the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds’

Seagulls were not the only problem faced by the players on Monday night, with beetles also making their presence felt on the court 

The tennis match lit up social media on Monday night, with one person commenting ‘The tournament is for the birds’

The beetles took Brengle by surprise with the American commenting ‘What is that one? It’s like a pill bug… but bigger’.  

Brengle and Andreescu, of Canada, were competing in the Phillip Island Trophy, a new addition to the WTA playing roster this year.

Both players suffered early exits from the Australian Open last week, with Brengle and Andreescu each defeated in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament.

‘Despite a sore hip/thigh, a flock of seagulls, the evidence of their presence all over the court, a plague of beetles and a determined Madison Brengle… Bianca Andreescu wins 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3,’ the Tennis Podcast posted on Twitter. 


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