The Roland Garros court security team has more holes than Swiss cheese. After his match versus ‘lucky loser’ Alejandro Falla (6-3 6-3 6-4) Roger Federer got selfied by a kid who just ran on court.
Federer moaned about it at the press conference afterwards.
“I’m not happy about it — obviously not for one second am I happy about it,” Federer told reporters.
“It happened yesterday in the practice, too. It’s just a kid, but then three more kids came.
“And today on center court where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, he just wanders on and nothing happens.”
Roland Garros tournament director Gilbert Ysern was quick to apologize but was quick to add that the incident isn’t the end of the world:
“It’s not the end of the world but it was embarrassing, and we are collectively responsible as organizers,” said Ysern, who acknowledged that Federer was “p*ssed off” and “has good grounds for being unhappy.”
“We made a mistake and it won’t happen again,” he added. “There is no reason for us to change security procedures. It was just a lack of judgment.
“The court is clearly forbidden for (fans) to go on, and, well, they have to respect that. Of course, contrary to what happened this afternoon, we will enforce that rule more severely from today on and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
This whole incident makes you wonder about the safety of the celebrities. We all remember Monica Seles‘ stab incident. So whether or not the tournament director thinks it’s the end of the world, incidents like that do happen when you aren’t on top of things.