Zverev vs Norrie Australian Open match interrupted by Free Palestine protesters

The 4th round match on the Margaret Court Arena was interrupted due to pro-Free Palestine protests

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Zverev vs Norrie Australian Open match interrupted by Free Palestine protesters
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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has cast its shadow over tennis. A few minutes ago, during the endless 4th round match at the Australian Open 2024 between Alexander Zverev and Cameron Norrie, the challenge was interrupted due to some protesters in the crowd, who threw pamphlets with the writing on the Margaret Court Arena: Free Palestine.

The pamphlet read: "As you watch tennis, bombs fall on Gaza. Australia is a close ally of Israel. Australia is complicit in war crimes and genocide. Free Palestine."

Officials, ball boys and workers quickly cleaned up the court, while the demonstrators were identified and then removed. Zverev won then the match after 5 endless sets with the final score of 7-5 3-6 6-4 4-6 7-6(3). The German will meet at the quarterfinals the winner of the match between Carlitos Alcaraz and Miomir Kecmanovic (the youg Spaniard won the first two sets 6-4 6-4 - ed.).

Below the video and the pics shared by @Some1NamedRyan and @MattWalshMedia X accounts:

Alexander Zverev in trouble because of his private life

Zverev appeared very nervous in the press conference in Melbourne, both after his debut and at the end of the match with Lukas Klein, which only ended in a super tie-break in the fifth set. When asked if he will personally attend the trial against domestic violence charges brought by his ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea, the German responded sharply to the concerned journalist.

"Wow. That's a good question. I just played four hours and 40 minutes. Not the first question I'd like to hear, to be honest. I have no idea. It's May."

The American Sloane Stephens expressed her harsh point of view on the Zverev case by making a clear accusation against the ATP. According to what the American player declared, the Association of Tennis Professionals has ignored the issue for too long.

"I think the ATP dictates its own pace. That's what they do over there. I don't think the same would happen with the WTA. He will go to court and be judged, we will see what happens next. It's a difficult situation, because we're talking about a very important figure in our sport. He will face trial and this could put an end to everything.

I think there is a lot of speculation and accusations, so for the Tour it is necessary for this situation to end. I imagine the ATP will decide at the end of the process what to do with their player. Five months to go? Nobody has done anything for three years... so I think waiting another five months for the criminal trial doesn't change the situation," she explained.

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