- Serena Williams has been defended by Whoopi Goldberg after the tennis star was accused by Dominic Thiem, the fourth-ranked men’s player, of having a “bad personality.”
- “Listen, man, don’t nobody know who you are,” Goldberg said on Monday’s episode of the US talk show “The View.”
- The renowned men’s player Roger Federer had said he understood Thiem’s frustration over having a postmatch French Open press conference cut short to make way for Williams, who had lost a match.
- Goldberg said Federer should know better.
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Whoopi Goldberg has defended Serena Williams after the tennis star was accused of having a “bad personality” by a male player at the French Open.
Williams was thrashed by a fellow American, Sofia Kenin, in the competition’s third round on Saturday, and she left the Philippe Chatrier Court to address the media at a press conference.
But the press room was already in use with Dominic Thiem, the No. 4 men’s player, talking to the media following his victory over Pablo Cuevas on the Suzanne Lenglen Court earlier in the day.
Williams, L’Equipe reports, did not want to wait. She apparently asked event organisers to put her in another room “now,” but her request could not be fulfilled as all rooms were occupied. Williams was reportedly ready to leave the media center entirely but was told Thiem could be evicted to make way for her, something she was said to have called “rude” but did not stop from happening.
Thiem was told to leave the room, something he later complained about to Eurosport Germany, saying Williams had shown a “bad personality.”
The renowned men’s player Roger Federer seemed to side with Thiem. “I understand Dominic’s frustration,” he said, according to Eurosport. This is because tennis etiquette dictates that players who are still in the tournament get priority with press obligations so they can then focus on their next match, which may take place the following day. Athletes who have been eliminated from the competition may not have another match for weeks.
But Goldberg supported Williams. During Monday’s episode of the ABC talk show “The View,” Goldberg said that nobody knew who Thiem was and that Federer should know better.
“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. “I would feel the same way. So they ended the press conference of men’s player Dominic Thiem early to accommodate her, but he wasn’t happy apparently and said it shows that Serena has a bad personality.
“Listen, man, don’t nobody know who you are!
“You may be big in the tennis world, but this is a big deal that she was out this early. People want to know what’s happening, how she doing, and I don’t actually think she wanted to talk to anybody about losing. ‘Oh yes, let’s talk about my loss so early in the French Open.’ I don’t think that was her plan. Don’t blame her. Stop being a bonehead.”
She later added that Federer “should know better” than to defend Thiem and not defend Williams.
Watch the segment below:
Thiem, who has been on form on clay this season, remains in the French Open and contests a quarterfinal on the Suzanne Lenglen Court on Wednesday against Karen Khachanov.
Federer plays the 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinal on Friday.
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