Serena Williams couldn’t believe what she was seeing. A nearly naked man had just run on court while she and sister Venus were playing doubles at the Australian Open, prancing around before being arrested.
“I just thought, my eyes, my innocent eyes,” Williams said Saturday, still chuckling at the memory…
The man, wearing only a shirt, jumped onto the court, sprinted across the sidelines and made several dance moves.
“First, I saw him jump over and then I noticed he didn’t have underwear on,” Williams said after her third-round singles victory over China’s Peng Shuai. “I thought, `OK, I must be seeing things.’
“He ran out on the court. I was thinking, `I hope he doesn’t come,’ because he was pretty close to me and V. I was like, `I hope he doesn’t come, he’s too close.’ Then I thought, `This is crazy.’ Doesn’t really happen too much.”
As he headed toward an exit, the man was met by security guards, arrested and banned for the event. He was not immediately identified.
Australian Open officials said the streaker was on the court for 14 seconds.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a pic of the streaker himself. Here’s a quick video:
Today there’s plenty of news coverage of last night’s One Day final streaker. Andrew Symonds has not been reprimanded by Cricket Australia for knocking him down, even though he could have faced a ban for “interfering with a spectator.”
The streaker, Robert Ogilvie, has been fined $1500 for “interfering with a person engaged in sport and wilful exposure.” Who knew that interfering with a person playing sport was an illegal offence? Ogilvie says he did the streak after his mates dared him to do so, and he was drunk at the time.
Asked by reporters if he felt embarrassed by his antics, Ogilvie replied: “No. Not really.”
Greenpeace has rounded up 600 volunteers willing to strip naked and stand on a glacier for the environment. The organisation hired famed nude photographer Spencer Tunick to take the photos which will be used on billboards about global warming.
The glacier itself is in the Alps and is slowly melting due to increasing temperatures. It’s expected to disappear by 2080.