- Aug 17, 2011
Some of us are scared shitless of heights, dentist, doctors, flying etc, so I've got every sympathy for the girl if facing a wall of journos is too much of a challenge. Nobody really knows what's going through her mind, or any pressures she has to cope with.I don't watch a huge amount of tennis but did catch a bit on Sunday when they were talking about this. The presenter (no idea who it was, female presenter on ITV, didn't recognise her) was saying the issue is with grand slam events in particular.
Essentially when they're on the circuit the relationship with the press is fine as there is a two way relationship. The tennis press aren't going to piss off the players as they have to deal with them week in week out, similar to Clive Eakin and why he's not going to start saying particular players are shit when he will likely be speaking to them in the next few days.
The problem seems to be when the mainstream media turn up to the grand slam events. The presenter was giving examples of female players being quizzed on their choice of underwear and weight. I have no idea what context that was in but on the face of it that seems unacceptable.
Would it not have been better to just let her skip press conferences for this tournament and have a dialogue with the players about the issues and how they can be resolved rather than start throwing out fines and threatening expulsion? Or has this already been an ongoing issue that hasn't been properly resolved? If not seems they've gone for the nuclear option straight away.
Unfortunatley, she has taken the money and signed a deal and I would imagine the sponsors are pretty pissed off and worried about setting a precident if they back down. Messy all round. I just hope they can all work together and find a compromise. I'd suggest they have a couple of these locals, who she's used to and won't throw any daft questions at her, conduct a pool interview. A sit down chat which all the print and media services can use.