- Incident was caught on camera
- Happened when the worldwide broadcast started
- Two officials had to intervene
A global audience tuned into the Australian Open on Sunday just in time to see a selfie-hungry fan stripped of his credentials and kicked out of the tournament.
The fan managed to get very close to eventual champion Jannik Sinner just before his epic five-set win over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at Melbourne Park before officials intervened.
The timing was unfortunate, with the scene caught by Australian Open cameras just as the global broadcast for the men’s final began.
Sindaar was zipping up his jacket and inspecting his racket bag when he heard a voice nearby.
The man then appeared on camera, positioned himself against a partition and asked for a selfie, to which Sinner initially agreed.
Sinner was more than happy to sign autographs and pose for selfies after the Australian Open final was completed
Thousands of Aussies and Italian expats cheered Sinner when he won his first grand slam
The officers descended on the man with the first unsuccessfully trying to remove him from the scene.
Then security intervened, ripped the man’s credentials from his neck, shook his head and then frogmarched him away from the tennis star.
Commentator Mark Petchey just went live and mentioned the incident on air.
“Hello and welcome to everyone for today’s men’s final of the Australian Open,” he said.
“And there is one of the men of the moment and everyone wants to get a picture with him before the final because he could very well go out as the champion, Jannik Sinner.”
The man smiled as security approached him for getting too close to Sinner
It turned very serious, very quickly, as the man was stripped of his accreditation and thrown out of the area
Fortunately, the incident did little to unsettle the 22-year-old star, although he dropped the first two sets against Medvedev before rallying for a memorable title win.
Sondaar enjoyed enormous support from Aussies of Italian heritage and were more than happy to sign autographs and pose for selfies after the game.
“It’s the ‘happy slam,’ it’s a very, very nice place to be,” Sinner said.
‘In Europe it’s snowing and where my parents are it’s minus 20 degrees in the morning so it’s better to run here in the sun.
‘Obviously this is a big tournament for me, I want to thank everyone for making this slam so special.’