Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dominic Thiem cruises through against Gael Monfils

Dominic Thiem cruises through against Gael Monfils

Dominic Thiem has accused Serena Williams of having a "bad personality" as the weird row over him being booted out of his own press conference so that Roland Garros organisers could accommodate the American superstar instead took another twist.

It all started when the 25-year-old Austrian player was in the middle of giving his post-match news conference when suddenly, he was asked to move to a different room.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, translated by the BBC, Williams, 37, was eager to leave the tournament after her defeat, saw Thiem and reportedly said, "put me in another room, smaller, but now".

"I don't know if it was her mistake or only the mistake of the officials", Thiem said Monday after beating Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the French Open quarterfinals. It was really incredible, of course, because it was the only choice I had.

Fourth seed Dominic Thiem said on Monday he had "forgotten" the freakish row over him being booted out of his own press conference so that Roland Garros organisers could accommodate Serena Williams. I mean, what the hell? No, but it's a joke, really ...

Serena Williams wasn't in the mood to wait after her French Open loss.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, leapt to the defence of Thiem, describing him as "a superstar, a male superstar".

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"She wanted to get her press conference over as soon as possible and, you know, get out of there because she did not win", she said.

Defending women's champion Simona Halep needed only 45 minutes to dispatch teenager Iga Swiatek and next faces an even younger player in Amanda Anisimova.

"I wasn't angry or frustrated", he later told Eurosport.

"It also shows a bad personality in my opinion".

"I think there is, with all the players, (an understanding) the one who is still in the tournament gets priority".

It was a dire start to the match for Monfils, with four double faults helping Thiem to break twice as he sped to a 4-0 lead after just over ten minutes. "That's why I'm very much aware of what happened, and that's why we are laughing in the locker room about it now". "I am 100 percent sure (Roger) Federer or (Rafa) Nadal would never do something like that", Thiem said. I understand Dominic's frustration.

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