so fast, Roger. Federer blocked by Australian Open security
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[January 19, 2019]
By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rules are rules
in Australia, even if you are a 20-times Grand Slam champion and one
of the most recognizable people on the planet.
Roger Federer found that out this week when he was blocked access to
a locker room at the Australian Open by a security guard who took
his job very seriously.
A video circulating Twitter on Saturday showed the Swiss double
defending champion stalled at the entrance for lacking his
Players, staff and media all wear identification badges on lanyards
around their necks to access secure areas at Melbourne Park and even
Federer was not allowed to breeze through without it.
There was no argument from the 37-year-old, however, and he stopped
and waited patiently for his entourage to catch up with him.
He was finally let in when one of his team flashed the badge at the
security guard, who nodded and smiled with the satisfaction of
knowing he not been duped by a doppelganger.
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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during the match against
Britain's Dan Evans. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Federer will continue his bid for a record seventh Australian Open
title against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on
(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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