Roger Federer “Not Happy” After Fan Rushes Court At French Open (VIDEO)
Roger Federer was victorious at the French Open on Sunday, but left the court quite annoyed after a fan rushed him to get a selfie. See video below, and click here to see the photos of Roger Federer rushed by a fan.
The tennis superstar had won his Day One match against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla and was preparing to leave the court when the incident occurred. As Federer was walking, dressed in a light jacket and carrying his racquet in an equipment bag, a young guy, possibly even a kid, ran up to him. The unidentified person first slapped Federer on the back before whipping out his phone to take a selfie. The athlete looked both startled and perturbed as he tried to shake off the guy’s arm. As the person continued to try to score the picture, Federer repeatedly looked out searching for help before a security guy finally came up and dragged the dude away.
At a press conference afterward, Federer said, “I’m not happy about it. Obviously, not one second happy about it.” The sports icon even told reporters that there was a similar occurrence with kids while he was practicing on Saturday. “Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation, I think I can speak on behalf of all the players — that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe,” he said of the tournament.
French Open director Gilbert Ysern gave Federer a personal apology, and called the mishap “embarrassing.” But Ysern insisted that a change in security protocol was not needed. Referring to the 1993 on-court stabbing of Monica Seles, the administrator said, “We live in a civilization that has gone a bit mad. It’s clear that we absolutely owe it to the players to allow them to play on the court. Fortunately, our sport doesn’t have fences and barbed wire around the courts. There’s not that physical separation that isn’t very pleasant.”
Federer clearly disagrees, and said the security guards should be doing more than “just being there, standing there on the courts, wearing a nice tie and suit. It’s not that funny.” The tennis player had a previous incident at the French Open in 2009, when a guy ran onto the court and tried to put a hat on him. See video of Sunday’s incident and Federer’s comments at the press conference afterward in the video below.