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Another Proud Moment

Posted by gauloises1 on January 29, 2010

The Marin-Murray match was slightly spoiled by yet another incident of a fan coming on to court – in this case, a man in a Croatian football shirt who calmly approached the players as they were shaking hands.

As it was, Marin gave him a brief handshake before the man was amicably dragged away by security, so no harm done. But really, this is ridiculous. I’m not suggesting that security should start tasering little kids who want to hug their idols, and granted that almost always it’s just some fool   looking for attention, but what’s it going to take before the safety of the players is actually taken as seriously as it should be? Someone getting publicly and violently attacked?

Oh, wait …

4 Responses to “Another Proud Moment”

  1. Sapphisto said

    That was truly unbelievable. At least at RG, everyone was aware of the idiot from the moment he ran on court – they reacted far too slowly, but at least they were aware. With the idiot last night, no-one (including me, although I can’t control the camera angles) even noticed he was there until he high-fived Marin.


    Time to take the security people out to the woodshed, as Darren Cahill likes to say.

  2. Liva said

    And at the 2009 U.S. Open I believe, a ‘fan’ trotted over to Nadal just after the match on-court interview to give him a hug. I wonder if tournament security is partially volunteer-driven where the staff are only given a few hours training. I believe I saw one security woman at this match facing the crowd to the left of where the ‘fan’ hopped the barrier. And if I recall correctly, she did not look fit enough for tackling duty.

  3. Maria1 said

    Yet again another incident of non-existent security. Idiots.

  4. lauren said

    At least at the French there was an attempt at a Keystone Cops chase. And at the USO the hugger had to wrestle out of the arms of security into the arms of Rafa. This was bizarre, because even after shaking hands this guy was wandering round unchallenged. He actually stood there looking puzzled because he didn’t know what to do next. Woeful.

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