Another year, another Wimbledon and with it another complaint from the never-knowingly understated Serena Williams! It seems that this year the security offered at the All England Tennis Club is not quite secure enough for the US powerhouse, after she was allegedly mobbed by fans whilst leaving Court 2.
We know that Serena has prior issues with the number 2 court, last year she wasn’t happy about her matches being scheduled on that court instead of Centre Court, but priority on the top court isn’t the only thing troubling her this year. Following her fourth-round victory over Yaroslavva Shvedova, Williams was accosted by autograph hunters and eager fans who almost “knocked” the tennis star over in their enthusiasm to reach her. Lines of fans were queued up from the court, which is situated along the outskirts of the grounds, to Centre Court locker rooms and guards had to “push them aside” in order to let the former world number 1 through. Describing the chaos during her journey, Williams stated that there “was (sic) tons of security guards in there just going nuts and screaming. I’ve never heard them scream so loud”. We’re sure it was awful, Serena, and how brave you are for getting through it!
Far be it from us to use a word like “diva” to describe this living tennis legend, after all she’s one of the most powerful and well-known female tennis players in the world, but if the (tennis) shoe fits! Hopefully the organisers at Wimbledon will take her advice that “maybe (security) can be taken into consideration” before she advances further in the tournament, otherwise who knows what kind of baying and depraved crowds await the Grand Slam champion as she faces defending title-holder Petra Kvivtova tomorrow!