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Tennis star Roger Federer disturbed by invasive selfie-taker

Technically Incorrect: The selfie craze is officially out of control. At the French Open, a fan runs on the court just to take a selfie with the Swiss star.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

What is the dude doing. I would be Fed up too. ESPN/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Dear world, you are officially insane.

We've known this for a while, but with every event that involves selfie-taking, the apocalypse feels more complete.

The latest incident came on Sunday at the French Open tennis tournament. Swiss star Roger Federer won his first-round match and was preparing to leave the court.

He was intercepted by a camera-wielder. Was it an irritating member of the media? No. As ESPN reports, it was just some irritating "dude" who wanted to take a selfie with Federer.

You might think this doesn't say much for security at the French Open. I cannot help focus on the notion that some "dude" would rush the court just to do what other "dudes" do at funerals.

Because Federer oozes a certain restrained class, he actually posed for the picture. However, at a press conference he bared his soul: "I'm not happy about it, obviously not one second I'm happy about it."

Federer stressed the safety aspects. How could it be that a fan would rush onto the court unimpeded?

He said: "It's not that funny, you know. And I hope that there is going to be a reaction from the tournament. They apologized, and I must say that I appreciated this, but I'd like to see what's going to happen next."

I have contacted the ATP World Tour to ask whether the fan was sanctioned and whether new rules will be put in place.

I still find myself focused on the fan's mentality. At least he didn't use a selfie-stick.

But the idea that we aren't alive unless we can take a selfie with someone famous -- and the assumption that the someone famous will be happy to oblige -- is a slightly chilling one.

People are taking selfies with guns and accidentally shooting themselves in the head. They're carving their initials into Rome's Colosseum just to make their selfies look more original.

Is there nothing that they won't try to do to make their Facebook lives more interesting? It seems not.