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‘Don’t Patronize Me’ – Johanna Konta Slams Journalist In Tense Wimbledon Press Conference

VIDEO: Things good very heated in the media room on Tuesday.

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WIMBLEDON: World No.18 Johanna Konta engaged in a heated conversation with a journalist after being criticized for her performance at the Wimbledon Championships.

 

The British No.1 crashed out in straight sets to Barbora Strycova, who has reached the last four of a major for the first time in her career at the age of 33. Making it the second consecutive grand slam where she has defeated a top 10 player before losing to unseeded opposition. On the other hand, this year is her second-best performance ever achieved at Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals back in 2017.

“I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn’t good enough.” Said Konta.
“But every decision that I made, every thought process, every opportunity that I gave myself, everything, I have no regrets in doing. I did the best that I could.”

Whilst drawing positives from her performance, it didn’t stop the 28-year-old from being placed under the spotlight by the media. Questioned by one reporter, they said to the Brit there was ‘key moments of the match where she could have done better.’ Paving way for a showdown between the two.

“Is that in your professional tennis opinion?” She said.

Replying, the journalist said he was just ‘watching as everybody else was on Center Court.’ Reading out a series of statistics such as her 33 unforced errors before drawing in on certain moments of the match. Saying the data they used in the question was from IBM. The official data company used at Wimbledon.

“I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think I’m very open with you guys (the media). I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine.” She said.
“I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. I don’t have much else to say to your question.”

Although, the conversation between the two didn’t end there. With the journalist going on to said he was asking Konta the question because she is ‘somebody who presumably wants to go on.’ Triggering an angry response.

“In the way, you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronizing me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.” The former top 10 player snapped back.

Konta heads into the US Open Series with a win-loss of 33-13 so far this year.

Transcript in full

Q. Looking at numbers, 33 unforced errors, then you had a smash at the net which you hit straight to her, then towards the end of the third set you had a double-fault, then missed a drive volley. Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with these big points? It’s all very well saying it’s a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you perhaps could have done better.
JOHANNA KONTA: Is that in your professional tennis opinion?

Q. No, that’s just as a watching spectator with everyone else on Centre Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBM’s.
JOHANNA KONTA: Okay. I mean, I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think I’m very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine.

I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I don’t have much else to say to your question.

Q. I’m just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a Grand Slam one day. Is it not something —
JOHANNA KONTA: Please don’t patronize me.

Q. I’m not patronizing you.
JOHANNA KONTA: No, no, you are. In the way you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronizing me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.

THE MODERATOR: Let’s move on to the next question.

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Ubaldo Strikes Again And This Time John McEnroe Is Involved!

Another tournament, another memorable moment for the formidable Italian journalist.

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It has become a regular occurrence when Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta has the media room in hysterics and the Laver Cup was no exception.

 

The veteran Italian journalist latest encounter involved former world No.1 John McEnroe, who was the captain of team world. Following the conclusion of the three-day event in Geneva, Scanagatta kicked off team world’s press conference. Asking McEnroe if he would have changed anything and if the loss was a nightmare scenario for him. However, Scanagatta is renowned for his lengthy questions. A lot of which generate insightful responses from players on the tour.

“I’d like to know from John McEnroe what would he have changed if he could change something today? Because he didn’t expect probably that Fritz would beat Thiem, but he did. So you weren’t happy of what happened. Can you tell us about that? And also, Federer is talking about a dream weekend. Are you talking about a nightmare?” He asked.

Whilst the question was well meaning, McEnroe didn’t hold back in a humorous exchange. Branding it as a ‘skittish.’ A term used to describe something as either unpredictable or frivolous.

“Why do I even have to answer? I mean, Jesus Christ. That’s a skittlish question.” McEnroe responded.
“Is that good enough? What was the question, Ubaldo? I forgot. I’m not sure I care at this point.” He added.

The friendship between McEnroe and Scanagatta has a long history. The two go way back to the days when the Italian use to take the former tennis player around Florence on his motorbike when the American was looking for a present for his first wife Tatum O’Neal. Scanagatta also had the opportunity to hit with McEnroe at the Club Italia in Forte dei Marmi in the past.

Scanagatta made headlines around the world earlier this year when Rafael Nadal caught him sleeping during his press conference. At the same tournament, Novak Djokovic then gave his own impression of the journalist after winning the title.

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At Wimbledon Scanagatta wrote an article predicting the Matteo Berrettini wouldn’t lose ‘6-1, 6-2, 6-2’ to Roger Federer. Ironically he did lose with that exact score. When Federer found out, he wasn’t going to let that go.

“If you should change your job or not, is that question? Think about it.” The Swiss player said to the Ubitennis chief during an exchange.

It is safe to say that there is never a dull moment when Scanagatta is around. The 70-year-old has now worked at 154 grand slam tournaments so far in his career.

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(VIDEO) Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev Guide Europe To Laver Cup Glory

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta reflects on Europe’s triumph in the team competition.

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Another edition of the Laver Cup has been decided in the final match. Alexander Zverev ousted Milos Raonic after Roger Federer’s victory over John Isner. The victory extends Europe’s unbeaten record to three consecutive years. In 2020 the event returns to America and will be hosted in Boston.

 

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(VIDEO) Roger Federer Edges Kyrgios To Continue European Charge At Laver Cup

UBI Tennis Founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and Canadian Tennis journalist John Horn discuss Roger Federer’s win over Nick Kyrgios at the Laver Cup.

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Roger Federer edged Nick Kyrgios on Saturday at the Laver Cup as Team Europe look for a third title. 

 

In a thrilling contest Roger Federer edged Nick Kyrgios 6-7(5) 7-5 10-7 to extend Team Europe’s lead and put them closer to a third consecutive title.

This was after John Isner’s win at the start of the day to put Team World level with Team Europe for the first time in Laver Cup history after beating Alexander Zverev.

UBI Tennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and Canadian tennis analyst John Horn discuss Roger Federer’s win and Team Europe’s chances of retaining the Laver Cup.

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