Federer backs “superstar” Thiem in Serena press conference ruckus
Serena Williams was “in a huff” after defeat by Kenin
Aggrieved Dominic Thiem struck back after being banished from a Roland Garros pressroom at the weekend as frantic authorities rushed to satisfy the whims of beaten Serena Williams.
The Austrian ranked fourth on the ATP and the 2018 finalist here, said Williams had a “bad personality” after he was forced to leave his interview to allow the American-in-a-hurry inside.
Williams, not as a tough customer to behind-the-scenes personnel in tennis, was not about to wait for Thiem to get done with his final TV interview.
While reportedly not saying as much, the 37-year-old made it clear that she was not ready to stand around.
That heavily dropped hint was enough to send intimidated officials into panic mode, interrupting Thiem event and sending him immediately to the minor media room next door to speak with Eurosport.
Williams was in her usual loser huff after going down to young American Sofixa Kenin; Thiem had just come through a winner over Pablo Cuevas.
“It is just the principle,” Thiem told Eurosport. “Even if a junior is in there, every player has to wait.”
“It also shows a bad personality in my opinion. I am 100 percent sure (Roger) Federer or (Rafael) Nadal would never do something like that.”
As he was being turfed out on Saturday, a shocked Thiem called the unprecedented episode “a joke.”
“I have to leave the room because she’s coming. What the hell, I don’t care. I can also do whatever I want.”
Federer, when asked on Sunday about the odd choreography, said it should not have happened, labelling Thiem “a superstar.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online