Beekeeper Saves The Day After Swarm Of Bees Suspends Carlos Alcaraz’s Match Against Alexander Zverev

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As if trying to chase down Novak Djokovic as the No. 1 player in the world wasn’t challenging enough as is, Carlos Alcaraz faced a unique bit of adversity in his otherwise breezy 6-3, 6-1 quarterfinals win over Alexander Zverev at the Indian Wells Masters tournament.

A swarm of bees interrupted the action and caused the match to be temporarily postponed. For those of us who don’t like bees — does anyone besides beekeepers particularly like them? — this is a waking nightmare.

Thankfully, our hero has a face and a name, and it is Lance Davis. The pro’s pro of a beekeeper didn’t need one of those protective hats or any other gear on to handle the fiasco. Just a long-sleeve shirt, some excellent shades and a little bit of stick-to-itiveness with a spray bottle were evidently enough to get the job done.

The man is mixing it up with fans, taking selfies as he makes his way through various steps of the job, and is soaking in the scenery and cheers from the appreciative California crowd. You love to see it. Think about how rare it must be to be called upon for such duty at a live sporting event. Lance did his thing, allowed the match to continue in relatively short order, and gained the respect of sports fans around the globe. Not bad for a day’s work.

Alcaraz had a good sense of humor about it all, and you just hope that this is the first and last time he’ll have to deal with an interruption of this variety.

We also got some alternate angles and extended footage of the bee swarm this morning, which goes to show just how extreme the stiuation was and why Alcaraz wasn’t the only one fleeing the bee-infested scene.

Everybody pay your respects to world-class beekeeper Lance Davis for his impeccable work of reining in what seemed like such an out of control disaster.

Coming back to the tennis-related side of things, the only other young gun who looks capable of challenging Alcaraz for perpetual world No. 1 status in the eventual post-Djokovic era is Jannik Skinner. The 22-year-old is the reigning Australian Open champion, and will face Alcaraz in the Indian Wells semifinals.

If us tennis stans should be so lucky, we could see the 20-year-old Alcaraz and Skinner engage in a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal type of rivalry for the next decade or so. That’s probably hoping for too much, and another young superstar could emerge. Denmark’s Holger Rune just turned 20 and is already seventh in the men’s rankings. In any event, the future looks bright despite Federer’s recent retirement, Nadal’s imminent end, and Djokovic bowing out sooner rather than later.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock