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GoDominique
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:44 PM
I have to admit that there are ZERO entrance controls at the German tournaments in Hamburg and Berlin. Your bags won't be searched, so you can bring into the grounds whatever you want.
In Wimbledon (2000), the bags were searched. But of course it would still be possible to get guns etc. through the controls, so searching the bags doesn't really lead to more safety.

What about your experiences?

"Sluggy"
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:49 PM
At Roland Garros, this will be my fourth time attending, they casually search your bags when you enter. but of course you could have anything on your body. Also on the practice courts theres absolutely no security or bodyguards whatsoever. When Jen left the practice court she had i guess a bodyguard, someone with her to help her get through the crowd. she signed autographs for a few minutes and left with him. Ive never seen a male player accompanied by anyone. lindsay was totally by herself leaving a practice court. At the opengazdefrance in paris i think they had you open your bags, but again there were no security personnel there either.

Lapin
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:51 PM
Yes, at Wimby they do quite a thorough search of your bags before you can enter.

This thread just reminded me of an amusing incident I saw last year. Everyone was having their bags searched, because 'everyone' has a bag (usually). However, a Frenchman just in front of me didn't have a bag, and went to walk straight through. A security guard went after him, and realising quickly that he was French, said 'Your bagette??' The poor Frenchman looked confused, and made a gesture as though eating a frenchstick before walking off, leaving an equally bewildered security guard behind!! :lol:

SelesFan70
Apr 29th, 2004, 09:53 PM
I have to admit that there are ZERO entrance controls at the German tournaments in Hamburg and Berlin. Your bags won't be searched, so you can bring into the grounds whatever you want.
In Wimbledon (2000), the bags were searched. But of course it would still be possible to get guns etc. through the controls, so searching the bags doesn't really lead to more safety.

What about your experiences?

Interesting that the Hamburg tournament doesn't have a security check after Monica's stabbing. :mad: :rolleyes: :o :mad: :mad:

matthias
Apr 29th, 2004, 10:53 PM
Leipzig, Filderstadt and Strasbourg was nothing

they didnīt even check my backbag

Meesh
Apr 30th, 2004, 12:39 AM
Sarasota, a Tier IV tourney... checked my bag, told me to turn my cell phone off when play started. I can't remember if it was last year or the year before but they sent away a 70yr. lady that had a little stadium cushion to sit on. :tape: She was not a happy camper.
BUTTTTTTTTTT... the funny thing is the Press Pass last year was soo easy to counterfeit that it was tempting. :devil: It was an orange piece of construction paper with your Name and News Affiliate name typed on it and laminated. Then it had a little hole at the top for the string to put around your neck. I wish I had taken a picture of it because my 6yr old nephew could of done a better job. :lol:

arn
Apr 30th, 2004, 12:44 AM
In Antwerp every player has a security guy sitting behind the chairs of the players and guiding them of and on court, their are also other security guys (I think I counted 6) at other places. Between the court and the audience there is a part which the audience cannot acces. There is no way getting to the players if they don't want so :)

Rtael
Apr 30th, 2004, 12:56 AM
Exactly how many tennis players have been attacked in the history of the sport? One? Right. Go away. Thanks.

fammmmedspin
Apr 30th, 2004, 01:20 AM
Exactly how many tennis players have been attacked in the history of the sport? One? Right. Go away. Thanks.

How many twin towers? How many US presidents? A GS stadium is every bit as good as a spanish train and contains famous people with cameras rolling - its better than most sporting events.

Celeste
Apr 30th, 2004, 01:35 AM
Aren't we helping terrorists by even posting this? Amelia Island, there is nothing, and it's easy to sneak into the grounds even if you don't go through the main "gate." Charleston, it really depends who you get and on what day. One day, everything was searched, they even opened my camera case inside my main bag and pulled it all out, and other days a brief "look see" but tons of police are there every day. You only have rent-a-cop people at Amelia and they aren't around much. If some freak wants to do something, at these two tournaments, they can, as long as they are at the least minimally smart and motivated. I do recall, Dally and the girl she played in the round before the quarters showed up totally alone, just walking the grounds among the "folk." It is a little scary.

ktwtennis
Apr 30th, 2004, 01:37 AM
Exactly how many tennis players have been attacked in the history of the sport? One? Right. Go away. Thanks.Just b/c it doesn't happen often doesn't mean it can't happen again!

Rtael
Apr 30th, 2004, 01:53 AM
I'd say there's an equally good if not better chance that I would be attacked than any professional tennis player. Where's my security?

VRULES
Apr 30th, 2004, 03:35 AM
I know the USOpen and Wimby have always had tight security. A lot of it has to do with the court 1 at both, and the graveyard court all have to be accessed by the grounds. I have seen numerous pictures with the sisters swarmed with bodygaurds and police at Wimby, nd the same for andy roddick at USO.

Roxers
Apr 30th, 2004, 02:25 PM
at WTC Dusseldorf they searched the bags.

Experimentee
Apr 30th, 2004, 04:04 PM
At the Australian Open they just check your bags casually when you enter the grounds, but most of the time only just get you to open it and they look inside, so they only see the top things.
At every court there is a security person, well its some kind of official and they mainly make sure people dont come in when play is in progress, probably they watch out for trouble too. At the bigger courts there is one at every entrance and also courtside.

Alvarillo
Apr 30th, 2004, 06:30 PM
in Spain.
WTA Madrid - Nothing
Tennis Masters Madrid - You have to show that you carry in your bag
And when i went to the Davis Cup Tie between Spain vs The Netherlands in Mallorca they controlled a lot.
I think this year in Madrid Masters-Series there will be a lot of security......

griffin
Apr 30th, 2004, 06:50 PM
USO security seems more concerned with keeping outside food outside the gates (and forcing you to pay gobs of money for bad concession food), and thwarting amateur photographers than anyone's actual safety. New Haven sometimes peeks in bags.

I think you can at least minimize the risk to players, but searching fans is a waste of time, imo - putting security people on and around the courts would provide more protection for less money and hassel.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 30th, 2004, 06:52 PM
last yr...
Wimbledon they scan you these days, just like in Airports.

Birmingham has no measures...... (dont see the need, 95% of Brits wont know the tourn is taking place either :o :tape: )