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Serena's German Stalker, Bodyguards, & Wimbledon Safety Concerns
Wimbledon security alert over Serena
Wimbledon security is to be stepped up after reports that Serena Williams has hired a bodyguard to counter a German fan who is stalking her.
The younger Williams sister who has just won the French Open, is the latest tennis star to be harassed by a fan.
She decided to use an Italian bodyguard following an incident at a recent Rome tournament when the unnamed German, who was born in Bremen but lives in Frankfurt, was arrested.
The situation echoes the problems faced by Martina Hingis who was stalked by a Croatian, and Monica Seles who was stabbed in Hamburg in 1993 and left the sport for two years.
The Williams family are concerned about their daughter's challenge at Wimbledon, which starts on 24 June, after the German was spotted in the crowd during the French Open.
Chris Gorringe, the All England Club chief executive, said: "We haven't received any specific information over this, but any action that is deemed appropriate will be taken. We also liaise closely with the police."
Wimbledon already employs security personnel to escort players to and from the courts.
There is also a visible security presence with a guard immediately behind the players when they are sitting down at changeovers.
Meanwhile, Serena, who at 20 is 15 months younger than Venus, is promising better value for money if the sisters reach the Wimbledon final.
"On grass I will come to the net more and so will Venus.
"It will be a quicker match with quicker points and be a bit more fun because that suits our game," she said. "We have done well on clay but the grass, with our style of serving and the way we return, will really bring the best out of both of us."
With Serena adding the French to her 1999 US Open title and Venus winning the Wimbledon and the US Open in the last two years, the sisters have captured six of the last 11 Grand Slams.
They have also banked more than £11 million between them.