Carlos Alcaraz addresses Indian Wells bee invasion, being stung during bizarre scene

Alcaraz found himself in the strangest moment of his tennis career on Thursday.

by Dzevad Mesic
Carlos Alcaraz addresses Indian Wells bee invasion, being stung during bizarre scene
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Carlos Alcaraz described his bee-invaded Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal match as "the most unusual" match he was a part of and admitted that he was left stunned after seeing a swarm of bees coming his way. 

On Thursday in Indian Wells, one of the strangest scenes in recent years in the tennis world happened as a swarm of bees invaded Stadium 1 during the Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev match. As Alcaraz was preparing to serve at the start of the third game, a swarm of bees made its way onto the court. 

In what was a bizarre but also funny scene, Alcaraz started swinging at the bees with his head and his racket before trying to run away. But there was no escape for the 20-year-old Spaniard, who ended up getting stung on his forehead. 

After bee rescuers saved the day and the match continued after a nearly two-hour delay, Indian Wells defending champion Alcaraz returned to the court and got the job done, beating Zverev 6-3 6-1. 

"For sure the most unusual match I have ever played in my career. I've never experienced something like that. I've never seen something like that," Alcaraz said.

"So I think I will remember that match because of that. I think everybody will remember this situation, and we found it as a funny thing. That's for sure."

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Alcaraz on the moment he noticed the bees 

Initially, world No. 2 Alcaraz thought it was just a single bee that was harassing him as he was preparing to serve. But after turning around and seeing what was really happening, Alcaraz was left shocked at what he was seeing. Initially, it also seemed that the Spaniard thought they would go away, but after getting stung, he realized that it was serious and stormed off the court. 

"Yeah, I won the first point of the third game of the match, and I was ready to serve to the next point. I saw some bees around, but I thought it was just a few of them, just not too many. But I saw the sky and there was thousands, thousands flying, stuck in my hair, going to me. It was crazy. One of them was hitting on me," Alcaraz said. 

"But yeah, I tried to stay away from them, but it was impossible. As I said, stuck in my hair, so I was running out. I'm a little bit afraid of them (smiling).

"I had to stay safe, and yeah, I was running everywhere."

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Alcaraz on facing Jannik Sinner next 

On Saturday, Alcaraz will be playing against third-seeded Sinner for a place in the Indian Wells final. Going into the match, Sinner is undefeated this year as the Italian improved to 18-0 in 2024 after beating Jiri Lehecka 6-3 6-3 in the Indian Wells quarterfinal. 

Although 20-year-old Alcaraz and 22-year-old Alcaraz are very young, this will already be their eighth meeting on the main level. Ahead of the match, Sinner owns a 4-3 head-to-head record over Alcaraz and he has beaten the Spaniard in their last two meetings. 

The fact that Alcaraz lost his last two matches against Sinner isn't really doing any favors to the Spaniard just like the fact that the 22-year-old Italian hasn't yet lost a match this year. 

Earlier this year, Sinner became the first player since 2018 to beat Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, and after beating the record 10-time Australian Open, the 22-year-old went on to lift his first Grand Slam title. 

Ahead of his Indian Wells semifinal against Sinner, Alcaraz admitted he wasn't sure how he was going to approach the match but indicated that he make certain adjustments because of his last two losses against the Italian. 

"Well, honestly, I don't know how I'm gonna approach the game, how I'm gonna approach the match. He's the best tennis player in the world right now, without a doubt.

"He's playing unbelievable, no losses this year. I really enjoy watching him play. So it's going to be a really difficult match. It's going to be a big challenge for me and see what is my level, you know, facing him.

"The last, I think the last two matches that I have played against him I lost, so I have to adjust a little bit my game and let's see how it's gonna be.

"But for sure it's gonna be the most difficult match that I'm gonna play this year."

Carlos Alcaraz and Matthew Stockman
Carlos Alcaraz and Matthew Stockman© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman

If Alcaraz beats Sinner, he will come one win away from defending his Indian Wells title. On the other side, Sinner can improve to 19-0 by beating Alcaraz and also put himself one win away from winning his third title of the year. 

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