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Play during last night's Australian Open men's singles final came to a grinding halt when two spectators were kicked out of Rod Laver Arena for protesting.
With Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev going back-an-fourth and exchanging blows, they were briefly interrupted midway through the second set when two fans began yelling from their seats.
Scanning Rod Laver Arena in an attempt to find the source of the noice, it wasn't long before both Djokovic and Medvedev worked out who the culprit was.
Play eventually resumed as the two spectators were escorted out by stadium security to a chorus of boos.
Refugee protest on RLA mid point. They played let. pic.twitter.com/J8HAQ4IXTd
- :crystal_ball: (@returnwinner) February 21, 2021
Live television coverage of the match missed the fans being booted out and only managed to capture the reactions of the chair umpire and the two players.
But it wasn't long before footage of the incident surfaced on social media with users confirming that the people in question were actually protesting about refugees.
The Age journalist Daniel Cherny tweeted: "The protestor at the tennis yelled 'free the refugees'."
The protestor at the tennis yelled "free the refugees" #AusOpen
- Daniel Cherny :newspaper: (@DanielCherny) February 21, 2021
Even during the match, spectators seemed confused when they couldn't quite work out why play had stopped.
"Nothing Novak could do about that," Jim Courier said in the commentary box.
"He put the ball high in the air mid-rally to suggest we need to play a let when the person wasn't going to stop talking."
And when video of the protestors being frog marched out of the arena spread like wildfire online, it was only a matter of time before tennis fans chimed in.
One social media user tweeted: "What on earth are they doing? Eject them."
While another added: "We have a nut bag in the crowd."
With one simply saying: "What an absolute moron in the crowd ."
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