Fan Arrested for Kissing Rafael Nadal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
NEW YORK — A man was arrested at the U.S. Open after running on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to kiss Rafael Nadal following his victory Tuesday night.

Spanish tennis player world number one Rafael Nadal, serves the ball to Fabrice Santoro of France at the ATP Qatar tennis open in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

NEW YORK — A man was arrested at the U.S. Open after running on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to kiss Rafael Nadal following his victory Tuesday night.

Tournament spokesman Tim Curry said police arrested the man for interference with a sporting event.

"We're reviewing what happened and then will determine if we have to make any changes to our on-court security procedures," Curry said.

When Nadal finished beating Gael Monfils, the spectator ran out of the stands and approached the Spanish star on the sideline before security guards intervened. It's the latest in a series of similar episodes at major tennis events, including when a man went up to Roger Federer during the French Open final and tried to place a hat on his head.

"For me, it wasn't a problem. The guy was really nice," Nadal said. "He said, 'I love you,' and he kissed me."


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