Crazy scenes marred the China Open recently when a fight broke out in a player’s box during a match.
Local favourite Zhang Shuai was battling Angelique Kerber when a violent scene played out in Zhang’s box.
A fan sitting immediately behind Zhang’s box was reportedly cheering for Kerber when a guest of Zhang’s - said to be the brother of her coach - lashed out.
The guy in blue shirt is Zhang Shuai's player box's guest, and he was assauting and beating one of Angie's Chinese fan after the match, blaming the Angie's Chinese fans cheering for Angie in Zhang Shuai's hometown, I think that's why Zhang shuai got so many haters pic.twitter.com/aJ7qWMVf3u— Euan Zhang (@EuanZhang) September 29, 2019
According to social media reports, the Zhang guest was upset by something the fan said, yelling “You all f***ing shut up”.
The Kerber fan then retaliated, sparking the fight.
There are also claims the Kerber fan spat at Zhang’s guest and slapped Zhang’s mother.
According to this testimony, the Kerber fan boy who got hit was the first one who started physical violence towards the Shuai fan who asked Kerber fanclub not to celebrate right into Shuai’s team. This Kerber fan boy also slapped Shuai’s mother in her face...🙄🌚— K.TheAngel😇笑_H (@Xiao_CXY_H) September 29, 2019
I’ve heard 2 stories. The first that this is Zhang’s hometown tourney and her box didn’t appreciate Kerber fans directly behind them and then this ensued. The second was that the fans were making nasty comments towards Zhang’s mother and family— WTA Tea (@WTATea) September 30, 2019
Tennis world in shock over ‘disgusting’ scenes
Kerber claimed a hard-fought 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory - probably why the fan in question was celebrating so feverishly.
Tennis fans were rather taken aback by the crazy scenes.
Do you have any infornation of what happened here? This is disgusting.— Roberta (@Rob_cacci) September 30, 2019
For real? a disgrace.— Kevinne Jourdan (@kembinne) September 30, 2019
These ppl should be banned from tennis https://t.co/VZ2aO4VkkO— violet💜 (@VioletLovegame) September 30, 2019
What on earth is going on? 😕— Monique (@MoniqueIeuqinoM) September 29, 2019
not just a fan. The man in blue shirt is brother of zhang's coach. Zhang's mom also get involved in the fight.— 德约嗑维奇 (@lodlovssie) September 30, 2019
Saw two different videos of this incident, had me wondering if these were tennis fans or soccer fans.. Ugly stuff 😬— ULTM8SerenaWilliamsf (@ultm8swfans) October 1, 2019
Oh this is just awful— DeeDeeT (@DdltDee) October 1, 2019