Johanna Konta slams reporter for ‘patronising’ her during Wimbledon press conference

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 | 0

Johanna Konta was involved in a heated exchange with a reporter following her Wimbledon exit.

The British star was addressing media following her 6-7 1-6 defeat to Barbora Strycova in Tuesday’s quarter-finals, when she was questioned whether she could have played better during key moments.

Konta, who had eliminated Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta on her way, committed as many as 34 double faults (against Strycova’s 9), a stat that was highlighted in the question.

“I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. 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,” Konta said sarcastically.

“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,” she added.

When the reporter tried to go deeper into the question, Konta decided not to take it anymore.

“Please don’t patronize me,” she hit back. “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.”

Quite a few fans were quick to praise Konta for the way she reacted.

“I like Jo a lot more after this exchange,” one person wrote. “In my opinion it’s patronising. Not everyone will be Serena Williams, but win or lose don’t disrespect those that have the courage to compete.”

“Who the hell was he? What a terrible, disrespectful line of questioning. Jesus.”

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