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Flying ants bug tennis players at Wimbledon

British players Aljaz Bedene and Johanna Konta both appeared to swat ants away during their second round matches.

Flying ants have been causing a stir at Wimbledon as players swat away the troublesome creatures.

The bugs swarmed round the grounds of the All England Club on the third day of play.

British players Aljaz Bedene and Johanna Konta both appeared to swat ants away during their second round matches.

American player Sam Querrey said he had never seen anything like it before.

He said: “I don’t know what it was, but they seemed to kind of go away after a while.

“If it got much worse, I almost wanted to stop because they were hitting you in the face when you were trying to hit balls. All over the place.”

He said the bugs were distracting, and he lost a set when they arrived on court.

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American Steve Johnson tries to get rid of flying ants duringhis clash with Radu Albot (Alastair Grant/AP)

He added: “If I had won that set, probably wouldn’t have bugged me as much.”

French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faced his own battle with the ants, saying the phenomenon was “strange”.

He said: “It was in my nose and in my ear.”

In response to the bugs’ appearance, the hashtag #FlyingAntDay started trending on Twitter.

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