Konta

Seems to have the mental fortitude of a wet paper napkin. Forever losing to inferior players after innocuous set backs.

How’d you do in the Grand Slams during your tennis career?

She didn't take a question along those lines about dealing with big points very happily in the press conference today.

Unless i’m mistaken she got to the semis of the French in May, and then the quarters at Wimbledon this week, 

Please do expand on how this is possible with a predilection for losing to inferior players and a deficiency in mental fortitude.

There was no reason why she should have taken that line of questioning well

 

it was incredibly patronising 

I fully expect a number of semis out of her over the next few years mind you.

I think she responded really well to that

I wasn't suggesting she should have done so Linda. More pointing out that she had commented already on that criticism.

Same as  Konta (0)

Kaulbach. Both today and at the French she lost to Inferior players, that’s why I’m making the point. 

She is easily good enough to win a slam in the era. She seems to beat herself. 

You don't need to be a tennis pro for it to be obvious that she chokes

Can I add a LOL at armchair critic and a boilk at tecperv

anonymous internet chat rooms and armchair punditry go hand in hand. 

I watched that match. Konta is a very good player, but easily rattled.

"How’d you do in the Grand Slams during your tennis career?"

Exactly. As someone who's never played a major sport at international level, I've literally never commented on the performance of a sportsman or woman. In fact, it's safer not even to watch, as without the requisite playing experience, you can't appreciate it. Even looking up the results in the 'paper is a bit dicey.

Sorry but any sportsman or team who has a close first half of a game and then folds in the second half is going to get questioned and needs to ask themselves some questions too.  Before you jump on me with the criticism I've been there with a team that had been consistently at the top of its game before slumping disastrously having a lot of discussion and then making a few changes and coming back out better than before.

It's not the questioning. It's the incredibly patronising way he phrased it and his tone. If you can't see it lucky you 

every time I see this thread I think of the family guy "stellio kontos" song

annoying

Only caught it very briefly whilst getting ready this morning and didn't strike me as patronising.  Better than being asked what went wrong moments after a finishing an event that had lasted 39 days.

The offending question was "[you are someone] who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this and win a grand slam one day?".

Konta responded: "Please don't patronise me... I am a professional competitor who did her best today and that's all there is to that."

So the answer to his question is no. I don;t think it was patronising, I just think she did not like the honesty of it and  so took offence.

The offending question was "[you are someone] who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this and win a grand slam one day?".

Konta responded: "Please don't patronise me... I am a professional competitor who did her best today and that's all there is to that."

So the answer to his question is no. I don;t think it was patronising, I just think she did not like the honesty of it and  so took offence.

I think it was patronising. OBVIOUSLY all pro tennis players will analyse their matches and see what could be improved and obviously she'd like to win tournaments.

 

Only seen a few highlights but to go from a tie break in the first set to being smashed in the second set suggests that something fundamentally changed.

That's not really a question is it?  More a "I have a comment rather than a question" that makes the heart sink at training events

*After* she had already said quite openly she fell off a cliff in the second half of the match. 

I dont think she needed to be told the purpose of a knock out tournament is to win so you stay in. She's done a few before.