Following a comfortable win over Alejandro Falla in the first round at the French Open, Roger Federer was attacked by a fan as he was leaving the Chatrier Court.
The fan jumped on court to request a selfie with an annoyed looking Federer. Several seconds went by before security finally came in to apprehend the trespasser before something serious could have happened.
Federer’s not pleased about it either.
“I’m not happy about it,” Federer said. “Obviously not one second I’m happy about it. 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, just wanders on and nothing happens. Happened during the finals in ’09 as well for me.
“So I definitely think this is something that something needs to happen quickly. Basically yesterday already. Not now, you know. But obviously 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. And so clearly I’m not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved. But clearly it wasn’t a nice situation to be in.
“Gilbert Ysern already came and apologized to me, and we had a quick conversation. 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.”
This isn’t the first time Federer’s dealt with intruders coming onto the court at the French Open. Remember this moment from the 2009 final against Robin Soderling?
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