Tennis Today: Newspaper refutes allegations of patronising Johanna Konta by patronising Johanna Konta
In tennis today, Johanna Konta comes under attack from a patronising idiot from the press. No, I promise you this isn’t tennis yesterday. It’s today. Sadly.
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First of all, we have an absolute must-read feature that goes behind the scenes with the BBC, who have revealed to us exactly how they broadcast Wimbledon to a global audience. t genuinely is essential reading.
Back at Wimbledon, there is still time to read our preview on the women’s semi-finals, which are sure to be epic today.
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon is over, and he says he almost certainly won’t be back in singles competition for the US Open, but he does believe it’s been a very positive week for him.
And Johanna Konta has had a tough couple of days (more on that below), but she has had a huge vote of confidence from one former Grand Slam star.
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What’s in the news
Johanna Konta’s displeasure at the media hit the headlines on Tuesday, and it’s still rumbling on a little now.
The British number one was unhappy with the question of ‘patronising and disrespectful’ journalist after she was eliminated from the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
The journalist upset Konta by essentially asking her if she’d like to consider that she is, and confess to being, a bottler, and she understandably recoiled from the question.
Now, though, the press have rallied and are putting their side forward, which is fair enough.
The Mail though, go with an interesting premise that earning £294,000 as an elite athlete in a global sport means you should be happy to subject yourself to abuse.
There is no real paraphrasing in that either. The actual headline reads: Jo Konta banked £294,000 for making the last eight at Wimbledon… she has to understand that answering tough questions is part of the deal.
However, the piece still manages to take a nose dive from there, by attempting to dismiss allegations that a reporter patronise Konta by, well, patronising Konta.
“What you can say about the British women’s No 1,” the piece concluded, “whose hostilities with the reporter on Tuesday night could be fairly described as a score draw (T365 editor’s note: it wasn’t. Konta comprehensively put the man in his place), is that she works incredibly hard.
“She has maxed out her talent, something worthy of respect. If more Brits did the same she would not be quite as isolated near the top.
“This weekend she is expected to be a guest at the British Grand Prix. As a very good, rather than a great tennis player this was always likely to be a free weekend, and perhaps we should have tempered our expectations accordingly.”
Astonishing that Konta feels utterly disrespected by idiot journalists, isn’t it…
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