Famous tennis player Roger Federer was extremely upset with the security of the French Open. Federer was actually really furious when a fan breached security and ran to the tennis court to take a selfie with him, while security guards failed to react in time.
“I’m not happy about it. Obviously not one second I’m happy about it,” the famous tennis player said. The unpleasant moment for the star occurred as Federer finished an interview following his first match at the French Open, on Sunday. As the star was on the way to leave the main stadium, a male teen fan ran to him to take the much wanted picture.
Federer tried to avoid the fan, looking extremely uncomfortable and finding no way to avoid him. The legendary player asked the boy to stay away, but, of course, the fan was focused on trying to take the picture. Finally, security guards arrived and escorted the teen out of the venue. At the press conference the followed the event, Federer expressed his lack of contempt for what happened on the court and mostly with the fact that security did not react immediately.
“It happened yesterday in the practice, too. I think it’s true for all players that you have to feel safe when we play, feel safe on the courts. It shouldn’t happen too often. It’s happened twice in two days and also in 2009 during the final. I think people should react more quickly. First, it should never happen,” the star said.
“Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation, I think I can speak on behalf of all the players,” the famous tennis player went on to say. “That that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe and so clearly I’m not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved, but it wasn’t a nice situation,” he concluded.
Federer received an apology from tournament director Gilbert Ysern, who claimed that that a mistake was made and they need to make sure that it will not happen again.
Well, this is not the first incident of this kind. Various times fans tried to enter the tennis court and reach players. Federer himself was the target of such a case before, but without a doubt the most serious case of this kind and the most tragic one dates back to the 1990s, when Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a disturbed fan. Monica was rushed to the hospital after the event, which kept her away from the tennis court for no less than two years.