Austria’s Thiem, the fourth seed in the men’s event and the 2018 runner-up, during his post-match press conference following his win over Pablo Cuevas at Roland Garros reignited his row with Serena Williams saying that she has a ‘bad personality’.
Thiem was talking to the media after his third-round win on Saturday and Williams who had a shock defeat to compatriot Sofia Kenin was pushing organizers to give her a room right away.
The officials then told Thiem to leave the main interview room so Williams could have her media briefing which left the World No 4 fuming who said,” I don’t really get it, seriously. I mean what the hell? No, but it’s a joke really.”
A day after this incident he doubled down on his unhappiness.
“Actually, I wasn’t angry or frustrated. Maybe for a couple of minutes or so. It is just the principle.
“It doesn’t matter if it is me who sits in there. I still made a wrong statement.
“I said that I am not a junior anymore. But even if junior was there, every player has to wait.
“It is a matter of course. It also shows a bad personality in my opinion. I am 100 percent sure Federer or Nadal would never do something like that.”