Tennis fans left stunned after scary incident: 'What in the hell'

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The final of the Halle Open in Germany was punctuated by another court invasion from a spectator. Pic: Getty
The final of the Halle Open in Germany was punctuated by another court invasion from a spectator. Pic: Getty

For the second time in less than a month, a major tennis tournament has been rocked by a concerning incident involving a court invader.

Hubert Hurkacz's thumping win over World No.1 Daniil Medvdev in the German final was somewhat overshadowed by an incident that saw a spectator slip past security and run onto court.

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The Polish World No.12 delivered a stunning performance to down the top-ranked Russian 6-1 6-4 in a telling statement before Wimbledon.

However, the match was punctuated by a bizarre stoppage in the opening set when a person appeared to try and tie themselves to the net.

Commentators and fans looked on in disbelief as the court invader was briefly eluded security before being dragged off the court.

The incident was similar to one that overshadowed the French Open semi-final match between Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic earlier in June.

On that occasion, the match was halted for around 10 minutes after a woman invaded the court and managed to tie herself to the net.

The woman, believed to be a climate change activist, was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan: ‘We have 1028 days left’.

She managed to walk onto Court Phillipe-Chatrier unchallenged during the third set, raising serious questions about security.

A protester tied herself to the net at the French Open and had to be removed by security guards. Image: Getty
A protester tied herself to the net at the French Open and had to be removed by security guards. Image: Getty

While no harm was ultimately done in either case, the incidents have raised concerns about the potential risks of such security breaches.

The tennis world will never forget the horrific moment women's legend Monica Seles was stabbed by a fan who ran out onto court and attacked her during a match in Hamburg in 1993.

Unsurprisingly, tennis fans were quick to voice their concerns about the latest court invasion at the Halle Open, calling on organisers to improve their security for the sake of player safety.

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Last year's Wimbledon semi-finalist, Hurkacz warmed up perfectly for this year's tournament at the All England Club by racing into a 5-0 lead against the Russian and never looking back.

Hurkacz's display will also have given huge encouragement to Australian Nick Kyrgios, who pushed the Pole all the way in their semi-final on Saturday before losing in a deciding tiebreak.

Kyrgios's serve went unbroken during the loss to Hurkacz, but the world No.12 was also magnificent on his own delivery and continued his brilliant form on Sunday, also breaking in the first game of the second set with Medvedev struggling to deal with his excellent returns.

It was his fifth ATP title overall, captured after just over an hour on court.

Pictured here, Poland's Hubert Hurkacz poses with the trophy after winning the Halle Open final.
Poland's Hubert Hurkacz poses with the trophy after beating Daniil Medvedev in the Halle Open final. Pic: Getty

"I am very happy with the win," the first Polish winner at Halle said at courtside.

"He is the best player in the world. So it is very tricky."

The Pole's booming serve caused Medvedev huge problems and Hurkacz said he was now looking forward with "confidence" to Wimbledon.

"I was serving well. I had the momentum," he added.

Hurkacz, who had never previously won a tour grass tournament, also defeated Medvedev in his Wimbledon run last year before toppling Roger Federer.

But Medvedev is not able to compete at Wimbledon after organisers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine.

with AAP

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