10 Jun 2009

Intruder says he was only there to support Federer

12:36 pm on 10 June 2009

A spectator who confronted Roger Federer during French Open final insists he only wanted to express his support for the Swiss star in his bid for Grand Slam glory.

The incident, which happened with Federer leading 6-1 2-1 against Sweden's Robin Soderling, stunned the players, officials and capacity crowd on centre court.

As Federer prepared to serve, the spectator, a regular interloper at sports events at home in Spain and abroad and known by the self-styled nickname Jimmy Jump, clambered over the courtside wall and rushed up to him.

Dressed in the Swiss colours of red and white and brandishing a flag of his football team - European champions Barcelona- he tried but failed to place a red hat on Federer's head.

Security guards ran at the spectator who darted off to the other side of the court before he was brought down and carried off forcefully.

He faces a year in prison if the French Tennis Federation decides to take legal action against him.

Jimmy Jump has his own self-promotional website devoted to his antics both in Spanish and English and on which he sells t-shirts with his own logo on it.