PARIS: While several famous personalities across the globe are getting obsessed with the concept of a ‘selfie’, it seems the idea has not gone too well with Swiss professional Tennis player Roger Federer. The 33-year-old star performer was recently irked and criticized the French Open Security after a fan ran on to a court and clicked a surprising selfie with him.
Soon after Federer completed his 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 opening victory over Allejandro Falla, he simply cleared how he was not amused by the act and security lapses at the Roland Garros.
“I am not happy about it, obviously not one second I’m happy about it,” said the angry 7-time Grand Slam champion.
Further speaking to the reporters, Federer said, “It is not the first time as it happened yesterday also during the practice. And, today on center court, where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, just wanders on and nothing happens. So I definitely think that something needs to happen quickly. But obviously I want this to happen immediately. 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. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved. But clearly it wasn’t a nice situation to be in.”
Even though the man was taken off the court immediately, but it is to remember that this is the sport where another star player, Monica Seles was stabbed by one of the fans in 1993.
Apart from this, during a French final in 2009, a fan ran onto the court to put a hat on Federer’s head while a shirtless spectator waving a flare leaped onto the court during the final two years ago.
“Director of Roland Garros, Gilbert Ysern has already apologized to me, and we had a quick conversation,” Federer said, adding, “I just told him what I think needs to happen. I told him about yesterday, as well, which he didn’t know about. Yeah, I’m sure they will take the necessary steps now, but this doesn’t only mean for this tournament for this year; it means for all the tournaments we play all the years coming up. We need to make sure that it’s safe out there and people don’t just wander on the court like a free pass, you know. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”