Fan ejected after brawl at Australian Open
On Monday’s Australian Open opening day, a fan was kicked out after allegedly protesting the wearing of masks. He was taken by two police officers to the Rod Laver Arena after being held up with a sign that read: ‘Masks don’t work’.
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The ejection happened at the tournament just a day after Novak Djokovic was kicked out of Australia, according to The telegraph. Photos have emerged of a fight between an unmasked onlooker and someone else with their mask down.
The Australian government canceled Djokovic’s visa because he had become “perceived by some as a talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment” and his presence risked “civil unrest”.
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When Djokovic returned home to his native Serbia on Monday, fans were there chanting, “You are our champion, Novak!” and they were waving the country’s national flag outside Belgrade airport.
“One hundred percent the Australian Open has lost its value. Whoever wins it now doesn’t really matter. Because Djokovic is number one,” said local Serbian community member Alek Drakoo. Drakoo had planned to watch Djokovic in Melbourne.
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“We all wanted to see Djokovic play,” said Jovan Milenkovic. “He’s the world number 1, he played here many years. He won it many times, lost it many times. He’s a good player, he brings fans, brings income for the Australian Open, and I think it was a stupid decision that they let him out.”