Roger Federer admits he can see the funny side of players whipping out mobile phones on court,but warns they could also undermine the game’s integrity.
Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine used his phone to take a picture of a contentious line call in his French Open first round defeat to Richard Gasquet.
France’s Gael Monfils,meanwhile,took his phone from his bag to film the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd peforming a ‘Mexican wave’ during his second round victory over Ernests Gulbis yesterday.
But Federer believes that mobile technology can also create problems for the sport. It’s happened before. It’s only going to happen more. Wouldn’t be surprised if they change the rules because of it again,” said the 17-time Grand Slam title winner.
If you do it,fines are going to be more severe. I think it’s pretty funny. The problem is that clearly there could be coaching going on and all these things through mobile devices. Go to the toilet and you hide it somewhere in the toilet. I’m just saying anything is possible, he said. “You have to hope that the players use it in a funny way and it’s not meant to be bad or disrespectful, he added.