Saturday 21 April 2018

Anti-government protestors arrested following court invasion of Australian Open final

A member of security prepares to pull down a banner displayed by protestors (wearing white shirts) in the stands as Novak Djokovic plays during his men's singles final match against Andy Murray.
A member of security prepares to pull down a banner displayed by protestors (wearing white shirts) in the stands as Novak Djokovic plays during his men's singles final match against Andy Murray.
Protestors are removed by security at Rod Laver Arena

Australian Open officials have confirmed two people have been arrested following a court invasion during Novak Djokovic's final victory over Andy Murray.

Two women managed to get onto centre court at the Rod Laver Arena as Djokovic led 4-3 in the second set.

A banner was simultaneously unfurled which read: "Australia Open for refugees. #shutdownmanus" before stadium security quickly removed the intruders and the banner, with a delay of around five minutes halting the match.

Murray went on to win the second set but was beaten by Djokovic for a third time in the Melbourne showpiece, with the Australian Open official Twitter releasing a statement as the match continued.

Protestors are removed by security at Rod Laver Arena
Protestors are removed by security at Rod Laver Arena

"Two people have been arrested after a court invasion during the second set of the men's final. #aus open #ausopenfinal," they wrote.

"Security responded immediately. Both were quickly removed with minimal disruption to play. #ausopen."

The protesters, who also wore T-shirts with similar slogans, were campaigning against the government-led Manus Island immigration facility in Papa New Guinea.

The 27-year-old Djokovic was unperturbed by the event as the world number one turned the screw to record a 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-0 victory over Murray for his fifth Australian Open title.

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