Dominic Thiem’s match at the Brisbane International gets disrupted by a venomous snake.

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem faced two Australian opponents in the first round of qualifying for the Brisbane International. However, play had to be suspended due to the presence of a dangerous snake on the court. Thiem, who was ranked outside the top 300 but has since climbed back to world No 98, managed to save three match points and win the match. He now needs to win another qualifier to make it to the main draw in Brisbane.

In the main draw, Australians Alexei Popyrin and Chris O’Connell will be the highlights on Sunday, while Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson will play on Monday. Rafael Nadal will return from injury and play a qualifier on Monday as well. Andy Murray will have a rematch of the 2013 final against Grigor Dimitrov, and Naomi Osaka’s first match since childbirth will be against Tamara Korpatsch. Several Australian players have the chance to land main draw spots through qualifying.

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