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:
Three streakers made waves at an Australia-England polo match attended by Prince Charles on the 26th July. BBC reports that the three emerged nude from the grandstand toward the end of the match, with one being chased by security guards and getting away.
25,000 people attended the match. Charles watched the whole thing from the royal box. England went on to win.
England team captain Luke Tomlinson later said it was not the first time he had played in a match interrupted by naked intruders.
“You are so focused on the game you hardly notice. It brings a bit of humour in and the crowd seem to enjoy it,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the club said: “I think it is the hot weather and the Pimms to blame. These things happen.”
Now that’s the kind of laid back attitude from authorities that we like to see. Pimms is obviously the thing to be drinking when naked lunatics make an appearance.
Here’s a Youtube clip from the Sunrise show here in Australia, including the usual crap comments from the hosts.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Mark Roberts did a streak at the World Snooker Championships final in Sheffield. As you can see, he had some sponsorship for the streak. Looks like he’s back in business after a long break.
It also has a pic of a female streaker from the FA Women’s Cup final. She has posted a link to her Myspace page on the article – her name is Tashy and she’s very proud of her run by the looks of it.
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.”
He added that he would not do it again saying: “Nah, Nah. Done it once.”
Admitting it had been the first time he had streaked, he said: “You only live once.”
He won’t be bringing charges of assault against Symonds and apparently said “wake up to yourself” to the reporter who asked him that question.
There’s no further info at present about the second streaker who appeared later in the game.
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.