This French Open we’ve already seen Sergey Stakhovsky and yesterday Gael Monfils both used their camera phones on the court to take pictures. Roger Federer was asked about the use of technology like smartphones on the court. While he finds the their use funny at times, he understands that they also can be used to gain an advantage.
:It’s happened before. It’s only going to happen more,” Federer said. “Wouldn’t be surprised if they change the rules because of it again. If you do it, fines are going to be more severe, all these things, because we are moving this professional route.
“I think it’s pretty funny, actually. The problem is that clearly there could be coaching going on and all these things through mobile devices. Probably be so easy to do. Go to the toilet and you hide it somewhere in the toilet I’m just saying anything is possible.
“You have to hope that the players use it in a funny way and it’s not meant bad or disrespectful. Yeah, so see how it all plays out. For now I think it’s all pretty funny, actually.”
Both tours presently do prohibit the use of electronic devices on court, though you often see players walking out to play wearing headphones. Let’s see if Monfils and Stakhovsky do get fined.
So far Federer hasn’t needed a phone. Through the first two rounds against two qualifiers, the 2009 French Open winner has dropped just 11 games. Federer will face Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the next round on Friday. Benneteau beat Roger in Rotterdam earlier this year.
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