Indian Wells Tennis Tournament Suspended Due to Swarming 'Bee Invasion'

Player Carlos Alcaraz was stung by a bee on the side of his forehead during the incident

<p>FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty</p> Carlos Alcaraz reacts to the swarm of bees


Carlos Alcaraz reacts to the swarm of bees

Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev's quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. on Thursday had everyone buzzing!

A swarm of bees descended onto the court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden during the first set as the players were tied 1-1.

A video shared by Tennis Channel on X, formerly Twitter, showed that the bee attack occurred as Alcaraz lined up to serve.

As the bees kept getting closer to Alcaraz, an announcer said, "What's happening here?" After the umpire announced that the match "could not continue," everyone began walking off the court.

Another video on X from the ATP Tour showed the umpire later announcing that the match had been suspended due to a "bee invasion."

Additional footage from the match shared online by Sky Sports Tennis showed the spectators in the stands smiling and laughing at the sight of dozens of bees.

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According to The Desert Sun, the crowd was not asked to leave the stadium, with only two sections in the upper deck being asked to move.

The outlet reported that a beekeeper arrived almost an hour after the announcement to help get bees off a camera.

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker reacted to the scene on X, referring to it as "unbelievable" and expressing that he's "never seen anything like it in my 39 years of tennis."

<p>George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty</p> Alexander Zverev at the tournament

George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty

Alexander Zverev at the tournament

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Alcaraz's manager, Albert Molina, spoke with the Spanish podcast El Partidazo de COPE and said the player was doing "very well" after being stung by a bee on the side of his forehead during the incident.

Cameras are following Alcaraz on and off the court throughout his 2024 season as part of Netflix's upcoming project, Alcaraz, the docuseries.

<p>Clive Brunskill/Getty</p> Carlos Alcaraz surrounded by bees

Clive Brunskill/Getty

Carlos Alcaraz surrounded by bees

"I am very happy about this experience with Morena Films and Netflix. People are going to get to watch everything you don't see on a tennis court. I think it's something very different. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I will," said Alcaraz in a statement included in Netflix's press release.

A synopsis explains that fans will get a closer look at "the young prodigy who is revolutionizing the world of sports."

<p>Matthew Stockman/Getty</p> Camera covered with bees

Matthew Stockman/Getty

Camera covered with bees

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"We will get to know not only the tennis player but also the off-court life of one of the best sportsmen in the world. An incredible journey through the eyes of Carlos Alcaraz," the synopsis adds.

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