Wild moment: A pro-refugee protester JUMPS three meters onto the Australian Open court during the men’s final, before being quickly stopped by security
A protester holding an “abolish refugee detention” sign dramatically threw himself from three meters onto the Australian Open court during the men’s final.
The blockbuster match between Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Russian world number 2 Daniil Medvedev was halted on Sunday night after a protester jumped into Rod Laver Arena from the grandstand.
Outraged fans could be heard booing as the protester stumbled onto the pitch clutching a cloth banner.
The crowd erupted in cheers and several security guards quickly grabbed the intruder and dragged him out of the arena.
‘Offstage!’ audience members screamed, as authorities escorted the person out of the stadium.
Just a month after fearing he might not be healthy enough to compete at Melbourne Park, Nadal is one win away from an unprecedented 21st Grand Slam singles crown.
A protester has dramatically thrown himself three meters onto the court at the Australian Open during the men’s final.
Facing Medvedev on Sunday, Nadal is bidding for the record number of majors most thought Djokovic would be eyeing before his dramatic deportation from Australia on the eve of the season’s first Grand Slam.
After two desperate court battles and a fifteen-day saga that drew worldwide attention, Djokovic’s departure for not having the necessary visa to enter the country opened the door for Nadal.
After playing just two matches between June and January due to a crippling foot injury that aggravated during his devastating French Open final loss last year to Djokovic, not even the Spaniard dreamed of being in this position.
“We can create stories, but the truth is two months ago we didn’t know if we could go back on tour,” Nadal said after his epic five-set quarter-final victory over Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday. .
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