Friday, January 23, 2009
During today's Australian Open doubles match between Venus & Serena Williams and Ayumi Morita and Martina Mueller, a streaker ran on the court for 14 seconds, 7 seconds of which have been preserved on video so far.
The streaker was captured and banned from the tournament.
According to security officials at the Australian Open, "The focus of the on-court security team is always on player protection. They are instructed not to chase offenders as their focus at all times must remain on the players. The on-court actions of the security personnel reflected this focus on player protection."
So if you plan on streaking at the Open, feel free to run around as you wish, since you won't get chased.
As for the match, the Williams sisters won in straight sets.
Edit: More video from ESPN - including a very large black box
Streaker interrupts Williams doubles match [Reuters]