Tennis Australia remains unapologetic this morning over its role in the deaths of three fans who repeatedly instigated the “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” chant at the Australian Open in Melbourne last night.
“The three men were twice warned against doing it during the match between Ash Barty and Alison Riske on Rod Laver Arena,” a spokesperson explained.
“When they would not desist, we were able, with the help of tournament security staff and members of the Victorian Police force, to escort them out the back where police shot them dead on the banks of the Yarra River.
“Maybe we should have been a bit more tolerant with it being Australia Day and all but, fucking hell, enough is enough, surely?”
People outside the stadium could have been forgiven for thinking that the almighty roar that erupted inside Rod Laver Arena was for home-grown hero Barty finally overcoming her gritty American opponent in three sets and not the response of the big crowd as the three police revolver shots rang out.