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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.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2002, 07:13 PM
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Remember when a female fan jumped out from the stands to get Boris Becker's autograph? (and got it before being hussled away). Hopefully Wimbledon is doing more to keep fans away.
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What a coincidence. I'm watching Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner "The Bodyguard" right now. Great songs on it.
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feels bad for lady--scary--muscles and will made from iron not deflect bullets of weirdo--best luck to serena-lady to stay safe from lunatic mans.....sad for lady--gots enough pressures from life of tennis star--not gots to fear for life now to.....
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Poor Serena i hope nothing bad happens

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Poor Serena.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2002, 11:22 PM
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I don't understand the law then, because I thought he was arrested in Rome, yet he was seen at the French Open. Was he not charged?
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Charged with what...going to a tennis match?
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CC, its pretty much unheard of for a stalker who has done nothing violent to be denied bail. He may be facing charges in Rome right now, but certainly wouldn't have been convicted already. It would be nice if once in a while people closed the barn door while the horse was still in, but at least Monica's horrific ordeal has made Martina and Serena safer.

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Yeah poor Serena.

"Monica Seles who was stabbed in Hamburg in 1993 and left the sport for two years."

I have to admit... I still get a shiver down my spine whenever I see it written like that. It's hard to believe something like that could ever happen to her. Tournament organisers should continue to do everything possible to prevent anything as insane as that happening again.
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Yes... the organisers should try their best to keep Serena safe...

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CC, its pretty much unheard of for a stalker who has done nothing violent to be denied bail. He may be facing charges in Rome right now, but certainly wouldn't have been convicted already. It would be nice if once in a while people closed the barn door while the horse was still in, but at least Monica's horrific ordeal has made Martina and Serena safer.
Oh. I see. Thanks.
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