It’s supposed to bring good luck, but there was none forthcoming for struggling former world number two Alexander Zverev when he stopped his Australian Open match after a bird pooed on his head.
The German star, who is only weeks back from a horror injury lay-off, was leading American qualifier Michael Mmoh on Thursday after taking the first set tie-break when he reached for his hair.
After initial disgust as he realised what he’d run his fingers through, the 2020 US Open finalist could only laugh as he made his way to the bench.
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“What’s going on here?” commentators were heard asking.
“A bird has … well it’s good luck isn’t it?”
Unfortunately for Zverev, the poo splatter did not provide any luck as he was bundled…