During a press conference in Wimbledon yesterday, after British tennis player Johanna Konta (top right) lost her quarter final match to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 7-6 6-1, Ms Konta asked a male journalist to stop patronising her (above at 3.30).

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier, during a sports segment presented by John Murray (top left), in which the above clip was played, Mr Murray spoke with show presenter Maggie Doyle about the exchange…

Maggie Doyle: “It was a bit patronising, John.

John Murray: “Yes… it was… but he did point out that she had something like 33 unforced errors…”

Doyle: “Yeah but the way he said it like, I mean ‘do you not want to go on an win?’ Well, ‘yeah, here I am, sitting, you know, in Wimbledon, of course I want to win’ is what she was kind of saying I think.”

Murray: “So you’re with Johanna?”

Doyle: “Of course I am.”

Murray: “All right, OK. Anyway, the men’s quarter finals…”

New balls.

Johanna Konta angry at ‘patronising’ questions after crushing loss to Strycova (The Guardian)

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12 thoughts on “Unforced Errors

  1. Qwerty123

    Relevant piece starts at 3.30, which is ironic as there was 33 unforced errors.

    Don’t think it was patronising, valid question.

  2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    I didn’t find it patronising, I think she got defensive and snarky because he was right.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      + 6-1

      she’s ranked 18 and in her prime (28?) and was coasting against a 33-year-old who’s ranked 55 (and due to retire later this year) – she bottled it (did the same in FO too) and started making unforced error after unforced error. it was an implosion- veritable ‘snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ sort of thing. it’s not surprising that she didn’t want it presented that way, but fair question from the journalist.

  3. Hansel

    I didn’t hear it as patronising: she got defensive.
    But she cares and was frustrated, so it’s understandable.

  4. Optimus Grime

    Yeah the way I heard he used stats to support his question to her that in light of her implosion how does she learn from it in order to move on and grow as a tennis player?

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