Drone Crash Interrupts Match at U.S. Open

Drone crash halts U.S. Open match

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Chances are that many of you reading this blog probably don’t watch a whole lot of tennis. Why do I say that? Because many people in general don’t watch the sport. One story (okay, maybe two if you are following Serena’s run) from this year’s U.S. Open, however, found itself on the front page a few days ago. No, the story wasn’t about Serena’s run at history or Sherapova’s outfits or Federer’s hair. In fact, the story’s main character doesn’t even swing a racket.

So what is everyone talking about? A drone. During a second round, New York City teacher Daniel Verley crashed a drone he was flying into an empty section of seats. Fortunately, no one was injured. Verley, who is a teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn, was arrested at a marina immediately following the incident and faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a prescribed area.

According to a story at ESPN.com, the drone broke into pieces upon landing and the match between Flavia Pennetta and Monica Nirculescu was only interrupted for a short period of time while police and fire department officials at Louis Armstrong Stadium went to check it out. Pennetta said later that neither she nor her coach, physical therapist or the chair umpire had any idea it was a drone. In fact, Pennetta thought it might have been a bomb.

The NYPD said security at the event is tight and will remain so through the tournament.

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