Another angle of the fight:
To quote today’s New York Post: You sure as #%&* don’t see this at Wimbledon!
A fight in the nosebleeds interrupted play during the first set of the Djokovic vs Petzschner match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night. Of course it was all captured on youtube. Here’s the NYPost’s take on what happened:
The fisticuffs began just after 9 p.m., when a female fan complained to a man in his early 20s about his repeated use of the f-word during the first set, a source said.
“He said, ’You’ve got a problem? Go ahead and hit me,’ and she slapped him across the face” the source said.
Moments later, the woman’s father approached the rowdy younger man and tried to strangle him, according to an amateur video shot by another fan and posted on YouTube.
That’s when the younger man pushed the woman’s father off him, forcing him to tumble down three rows of seats.
According to this report, it wasn’t until after bystanders joined the fray that security finally showed up. FAIL.
*Update: The three fans have been banned from the US Open through 2012!
According to ESPN:
Joseph Pedeville, a 27-year-old who was reportedly yelling obscenities which led to an altercation with 49-year-old Tracey Falco and her 75-year-old father Lawrence Burnett. The video of the fight, which included Falco slapping Pedeville and Burnett falling down several rows of seats, was a television and Internet sensation following the Thursday night altercation.
Here’s what Novak Djokovic and Phillipe Petzschner experienced:
*Big thanks to GTT reader Angela for the tip