Pigeon flies in on Wimbledon qualifying match

The excitement of Wimbledon is upon us, and so are the pigeons. At a qualifying match on Tuesday, this pigeon decided to join in on the action.

After dropping in on Amandine Hesse's half of the court, the pigeon made its rounds as the Wimbledon hopeful swatted it over to her opponent, Miyu Kato. She declined to return serve -- so to speak -- leaving the ball boy to chase the pigeon off the court.

Rufus, the beloved pigeon-patrolling hawk, assured the Wimbledon fans on Twitter that he's not off duty. He just happened to be over at the All England Club (SW19) and not at the qualifiers being held at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Wandsworth.

Rufus is approaching his 10th year of keeping a hawk's eye on the pristine Wimbledon grass and cannot wait for the tournament to begin Monday.