Australian Open 2017: Woman indecently assaulted at tennis

Police man the roadblock outside Melbourne Park.
Police man the roadblock outside Melbourne Park. David Crosling, News Corp Australia

A WOMAN was indecently assaulted at the Australian Open last night, with police closing an exit to the tennis as they conducted safety checks.

Olympic Boulevard was also closed to traffic and pedestrians as police carried out safety checks near the Grand Slam event.

Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner said the woman was assaulted about 6.45 pm last night.

"The prior and subsequent actions of the offender led to police conducting a safety check on Olympic Blvd," he said.

"They were concluded about 10.30pm with nil issues found."

Olympic Boulevard closed outside Melbourne Park.
Olympic Boulevard closed outside Melbourne Park. David Crosling, News Corp Australia

The investigation into the assault is ongoing.

The closure of the exit caused chaos and frustration among fans.

Signs went up around Melbourne Park warning the Grand Slam Oval exit to Olympic Boulevard was temporarily closed due to a "safety issue".

Crowds leaving Hisense Arena were redirected to other parts of the precinct.

Tennis Australia said Victoria Police had advised that a safety audit was required.

At the conclusion of the match between Nick Kyrgios and Italian Andreas Seppi an announcer told the crowd they could not follow their usual route out of the stadium "due to a safety issue".

Topics:  australian open 2017 crime police tennis

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