Three fans were captured on video fighting in the upper deck of Arthur Ashe Stadium during a U.S. Open match Thursday between No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and unseeded Philipp Petzschner of Germany.
The ugly spat started when a woman reportedly complained to a male fan about his loud use of expletives during the Djokovic-Petzschner match. In a subsequent argument with the male fan, who was in his early 20s, the woman slapped him across the face. (See above video.)
After the woman slapped the younger man, he began verbally antagonizing her and her older male companion. Things then got physical between the men, with the older man grabbing the younger man by the neck:
The men eventually both fell backwards down three rows of seats. When the younger man returned to his seat, he was again confronted by the woman who attempted to punch him. The woman missed and the younger man pushed her away. Onlookers and security personnel then descended on the younger man, ending the outburst.
Though the older man and woman - who were reportedly father and daughter - appeared to have started the physical portion of the confrontation, there’s no doubt from watching the video that the younger man initiated the entire incident with antagonizing language.
Something tells me alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.