Dominic Thiem says Serena Williams has 'bad personality' after press conference interruption

Austrian tennis ace Dominic Thiem has hit out at United States legend Serena Williams after he was told to abruptly end his post-match press conference at the French Open to make way for the American star.

Dominic Thiem blasted Serena Williams for a "bad personality" Sunday as the freaky row over him being booted out of his own press conference so that Roland Garros organisers could accommodate the American star took another twist.

Thiem was addressing the media following his win over Pablo Cuevas on Saturday to advance to the Round of 16 when the press conference was interrupted.

"It is just the principle", Thiem said on Sunday.

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


Dominic Thiem isn't sure whether Serena Williams or French Open officials were to blame for their pressroom incident over the weekend, but said he is ready to move on from the episode after it "made a big round in all the social networks". "Maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press centre". "I don't think he's mad at Serena or anybody". It was just a very unusual thing, I never had something like that before.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Williams didn't seem to care where her press conference took place, offering to go into another room, though she made it clear she wanted to get it over with.

With a grin, Federer said yesterday: "I thought that was amusing".

"That's really impolite", she was heard to say.

Meanwhile, Thiem secured a spot in the quarterfinals after beating Gael Monfils on Monday in three sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

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