New York, Aug. 31 (AFP): Andy Roddick rescued a young boy from possible serious injury by autograph seekers on Friday after winning his second round match at the US Open.
On his 20th birthday, the 11th seeded American began signing autographs for fans who gathered near the fence along the court level at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, where he defeated Dutchman Raemon Sluiter 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Roddick and a security guard saw a young boy being jostled and pushed by older patrons in the surge to get within range of Roddick, so together they pulled the boy out of the pile to safety.
Roddick gave the upset boy a souvenir to calm him.
“I literally saw the kid take about three elbows to the face,” Roddick said. “That didn’t shake him. It was rough.
“He was getting beaten up pretty good. I didn’t sign too long. I don’t think it was safe for the kids in front.”
Roddick was stunned at the crush to get his signature.
“I don’t really understand it but it’s normal,” he said. “They want to get an autograph and push to the front. It makes for a little bit of a dangerous situation sometimes.”