Why Roger Federer Still Likes Selfies

Why Roger Federer Still Likes Selfies
Roger Federer John Togasaki/Flickr CC by 2.0

Contrary to how FedEx is being portrayed right now, he actually likes selfies.


In an incident that happened on the first day of the French Open, where a fan rushed to the clay court to get selfie with the World’s No. 2, Roger Federer immediately turned to the reporters to express his dismay.

In a report from the New York Times, Federer said he felt unsafe with what happened.

“Obviously, not one second I’m happy about it,” he said in the interview. “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.”

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Rounds of news went around, painting a murky picture of the seeder about selfies.

But the man, in fact, loves selfies. The recent one was recorded three months ago.



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Another was in Australia with his coach for the AusOpen.

Coach Seve and me. Excited to be back in Brisbane! Happy we got the 1st practice of year out of the way!

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The main point of Fed’s reaction was to merely point out that a fan was able to get across the court without the security personnel doing anything. The Tournament’s organizer, Gilbert Ysern, apologized to Federer in the locker room.

Ysern said, “What happened today does not show that the risk level is high. We’re talking about an error in judgment. The guards are well prepared. If a guy went running on the court with an aggressive attitude, he would not have made it to the player. Of course, we should not make too big a case of that. But it’s embarrassing, of course, for Roland Garros when something like that happens.”

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In 2009, the year after Federer won his first and only French Open title so far, a fan jumped into the court in the middle of his singles match against Robin Soderling to try to force a hat onto Fed’s head. Though he wasn’t as adamant with security measures with that incident as now, it can be surmised that this time, the Roland Garros title is suddenly open for all, and that every player is serious for the shot at it.

So fans ought to keep distance. This is war.