Two nights ago the match between Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner was delayed because a fight in the stands of the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. A Gentleman’s sport? No more.
The fight or brawl broke out around 9pm Thursday night when Joey Pedevill, 27, starting taunting an elder father, 75-year-old Lawrence Burnett and his daughter, Tracy Falco.
“C’mon, smack me again,” the NY Daily News reports Pedevil taunted Falco. “Go ahead. . . . I don’t give a f— what anybody wants. I got a lot of money on this game, and I f—— paid for my ticket.”
Finally, Burnett had enough and went after the former high school wrestler.
The police were called and while no arrests were made, Pedevil, Burnett and Falco have been banned from the US Open through 2012.
“It’s a hot night in New York. Things happen,” said USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier.
Djokovic always seems to have memorable night matches, will tonight be any different? Djokovic plays American James Blake Saturday night.
If you haven’t already seen it here’s the US Open fight video from Thursday night:
“Throw the bum out…”
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