Roger who? 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer stopped by security after forgetting Australian Open pass
- Roger Federer was kept out by security as he was not wearing his accreditation
- In a clip that went viral online, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is stopped
- The security official asks the Swiss to show his pass as Federer is left stunned
- The defending Australian Open champion eventually gets in thanks to a coach
Even Roger Federer needs a pass to stroll around the grounds of the Australian Open.
The Swiss ace is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, amassing a staggering 20 Grand Slam titles, but that did not stop security keeping him out of the players area with no pass to show.
Federer is in form right now as he bids to defend the Australian Open title he won 12 months ago.
Roger Federer made his way through the Australian Open grounds but was missing his pass
He may be one of the most famous faces in tennis but the Swiss was still stopped by security
Unsure what to do next, Federer was made to wait until one of his coaching team arrived
One of his coaches showed accreditation and Federer was then let through to carry on his day
Rules are rules but tennis fans were left astonished at the audacity of the security guard at stopping the six-time Australian Open champion given his notoriety in the sport.
In the video, the official is seen indicating to the Swiss that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass and therefore would have to wait outside.
Players, coaches, members of the media and tennis officials have lanyards with that show a name, an organisation, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.
Federer did not argue, took the hiccup in his stride while he waited patiently for his team
The Swiss is attempting to defend his title and go on to win his seventh Australian Open crown
While many, reflecting with astonishment, felt Federer would be above the stringent protocol given his immense stature in the game, the world No 3 did not argue and respected the site rules.
He waited until he was joined by a members of his team before he could continue with his afternoon as he continues his preparations for his last-16 match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
This is not the first time this year that security have attempted to pull players up on not wearing their ground passes.
Women’s ace Maria Sharapova strolled through the corridor with confidence, not noticing the security officer asking for proof of ID.