A few hours after some degenerate kid walked out onto Chatrier in hopes of getting on a selfie with Roger Federer, tournament boss Gilbert Ysern said security measures were just fine the way they were.
“I’m not going to tell you I’m happy with what happened this afternoon,” Ysern said. “But honestly, at this stage there is no reason for us to change the security procedures.”
No reason? Some screwball just jumped the fence and spent more time on court than Alejandro Falla, and things are ok? No they are not!
“Tt was just a lack of judgment this afternoon,” Ysern went on. “Clearly the security people who were on court did not do the job the way they should have done, of course, to say the least.”
Well, now that you mention it, yes. They did not do their job, which is, among other things, to stop intruders from getting on the court. But that’s what happened today moments after Federer brushed away Falla, and was leaving the court.
And according to Ysern, his crew thought as long as the kid was just asking for a selfie – and not carrying say a grenade launcher or a light saber – then things were OK.
“We all know in tennis, like in other sports, the current approach consists in having the players,” Ysern said. “The crowds close to the players, you know, looking for signatures, autographs, and pictures, selfies and all that. Again, I think that’s where the lack of judgment this afternoon lays. I mean, the instinct and direction of security people must have been that it was something that was acceptable, which is clearly not.”
So who gives them the direction?
“I think we should understand that the issue here again is lack of judgment on the part of the people who are on court. It’s not the procedures that are in place that are wrong.”
Huh? Mr. Ysern, everything is wrong. The people AND the procedures AND you! Get it right because there’s little room for error here, remember Monica Seles?
What amazed me wasn’t that the kid was able to jump onto the court, it was that Federer had to point him out to security asking them to do something. “Look, see this freak? I don’t know him. Hello? Anyone??”
Otherwise, that kid probably would have walked off with Roger, gone to the locker room, maybe used the toilet and sat next to him at the press table, ate with Mirka in the player cafe. Hey, it’s ok as long as the kid doesn’t become aggressive.
Here in America if some kid runs on to the playing he gets his ass kicked, usually for everyone to see. That’s what should have happened here. Not the old, “hey, come on now, go back to your seat, young boy. Roger doesn’t want to do a selfie. Maybe next time.”
So now we have the first day of the French Open done and the story is about some nut kid and a trashy tabloid article about Stan and his women. Perfect. Well done French Open, way to start strong. Tres bien. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
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