Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic eased through his first round match today, and hailed a bird which came "all the way from Belgrade" to help him.
The world number one's opening match was interrupted as he was forced to shoo away a blue tit that had flown on to Centre Court.
Speaking after his straight-sets victory, Serbian Djokovic said: "I believe this bird came all the way from Belgrade to help me.
"But I was fearing for its safety, honestly. A few times, I remember at one point, because I could not notice it.
"I mean it just loves tennis."
He added: "It as funny to see that. We had birds, mostly birds and different animals come in and out from the court. But the sparrow bird from Belgrade really stayed for the entire match."
After the match, the Twitter page of Rufus the hawk, who is tasked with scaring away pigeons at the All England Club, tweeted: "My domain is pigeons. I think he's just after my autograph."