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Thiem blasts Serena post presser row

Thiem blasts Serena post presser row
Dominic Thiem
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Paris, Jun 3 (IANS): Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem has accused Serena Williams of showing “bad personality” after he was told to end his French Open press conference to make way for the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

On Saturday, a tournament official told Thiem to leave the room while he was speaking to reporters after his win against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the third round at the Roland Garros. 

According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Williams was keen to fulfil her media obligations as soon as possible after her third-round loss to Sofia Kenin, saying “put me in another room, smaller, but now”.

“Every player has to wait. It shows a bad personality, in my opinion,” Thiem was quoted as saying by the BBC. 

Thiem, the fourth seed, had complained to a tournament official at the time of the incident. “What the hell? But it’s a joke, really. What’s the point of that, that I have to leave the room because she’s coming?” he said.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old said he believed Williams had contravened the players’ usual protocol. “I wasn’t angry or frustrated. Maybe for a couple of minutes or so. It is just the principle,” he said. 

“It doesn’t matter if it is me who sits in there, even if a junior is in there. I am 100 per cent sure Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would never do something like that,” he added.

Williams has hit headlines ever since she returned to the court after giving berth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2017. Last year at the US Open, she had accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the summit clash, a match that was marred by controversies and penalties.


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