McCabe wrapped up the first set 6-2 against the Austrian 2020 US Open champion when a reptile, reportedly an eastern brown snake, was spotted among electrical wires on the side of the court in front of spectators.

The match was momentarily halted until a snake catcher arrived and successfully captured the snake.

Eastern browns are known for their potent venom, which can cause progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding. Australia is home to 20 of the world’s 25 most venomous snakes, although deaths from snake bites are rare.

Despite the interruption, Thiem eventually won the match, bringing him one step closer to the main draw.