Australian Open: Roger Federer stopped by security guard because he didn’t have accreditation

first_imgMaybe Roger Federer isn’t as famous as we thought.Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he’s try to go at the Australian Open.Rules are rules, after all.So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park … the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all … a man who’s spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other … and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet?A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement.In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.Federer didn’t argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That’s when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door.Roger who? Doesn’t ring a bell, sorryEven @rogerfederer needs his accreditation: @Eurosport_UK Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 19, 2019Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park. He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday.Federer was on Saturday also spotted with Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and his actress wife Anushka Sharma at Melbourne Park.advertisementKohli is unwinding in Melbourne after a hectic few months of cricketing action in Australia.The superstar cricketer took to social media to share the stunning photograph of the three celebrated personalities that is taking social media by storm. Federer, who is not playing on Saturday, can be seen cheerfully posing with the two superstars from India.What a day at the Australian open. An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful#ausopen Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2019Kohli, who became the first India captain to lead the Asian giants to a Test and an ODI series simultaneously on the tour to Australia, also shared a picture of him and Anushka Sharma enjoying tennis action from the stands at Rod Laver Arena.Kohli, it seems, had also watched defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov in the men’s singles third-round match and Serena Williams storm into the fourth round of women’s singles.Kohli, an acclaimed cricketer himself, is known as one of the big fans of Roger Federer. The India cricketer has often been spotted at the major tennis tournaments along with his cricketing idol, Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli, who had met Federer at the Australian Open in 2015, had described his earlier meeting as the day he would “never forget”.last_img