There are so many matches and media sessions at the Australian Open that if you’re not a seasoned tennis reporter, it can be difficult to keep up. Most sports journalists can relate to covering a sport they’re not necessarily experts in – I’ve been there.
But when that’s the case, it’s probably a good idea to refrain from leaning on pre-question commentary. During No. 23-ranked Daria Gavrilova’s press session at the Australian Open, one reporter seemed determined to play it off like he was familiar with Gavrilova’s playing career. He was not. It didn’t go well.
Astonishingly, this reporter kept asking questions and missing more facts. It was like watching a volume shooter on an off night – he kept throwing up shots and hoping for the best. This was the exchange:
Reporter: You’ve played her once before and lost.
Gavrilova: I’ve played her three times actually.
Reporter: You lost to her in Perth, what do you have to do differently this time around?
Gavrilova: Didn’t lose to her in Perth. I haven’t played her there.
Reporter: This surface would obviously favor you a lot better than playing on the clay, I suppose as well?
Gavrilova: Clay is my favorite surface.
At that point, Gavrilova just had to laugh. She even gave the reporter another chance to ask a question.
He deserves credit for trying to get some quotes, but man, that was rough.
(Thanks to Deadspin for sharing)
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