Questions that reporters should never ask tennis players at press conferences


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Questions that reporters should never ask tennis players at press conferences

When it comes to asking questions, the reporters are the hunters and the hot, sweaty, tired tennis players are the hunted. Reporters often times will ask questions along the lines of how the match was won and sadly how it was lost; looking forward to the next match; having a definite gameplan, etc.

Some reporters' questions are mostly for the most vulnerable players who have no reason to challenge them and to dig up gossip, delicate issues or other tasty and sometimes untasteful topics they know players don't want to talk about.

Players in a press conference are put on the spot more than when they go on court to play to a few thousand people. Questions that should never be asked to tennis players and not put in any order of ridiculousness, just listed: A player's heritage or ethnicity - Teen ace Naomi Osaka has a Japanese mom and a Haitian dad.

She plays for Japan in Fed Cup and team situations but doesn't speak or understand as much Japanese as one would think. Japanese reporters put her on the defense by saying the session would be in ENGLISH ONLY, kind of embarrassing her because she has yet to perfect her speaking and understanding of Japanese.

During this year's 2016 Australian Open they asked her "What makes you more nervous, answering a group of Japanese reporters or playing in front of 10,000 at a Grand Slam?" She didn't take much time to answer and Naomi bellowed out "that's a mean question!" This 'broke the ice' and interviewing was over.

The same interrogation shouldn't go for any player who's multi-cultural or not even multi-cultural. Age and longevity - "Do you think you'll be able to bring the match to three sets (or five sets) with your next opponent?" or "Do you think you will retire soon?" The older players in the draw have constantly gotten some of this type of age inference questions as Serena, Venus, Federer, Ferrer and so on.

It's become kind of old hat and players don't want to say they are 'up in age' everyone knows that and as for retiring, they may not know the year just as much as a reporter would know the year they are going to retire.

About 'girl things' - Heather Watson had 'girl issues' concerning menstruation at the 2015 Australian Open and was asked about them. Tennis commentator, former WTA player Annabel Croft has called it "the last taboo".

A journalist/reporter to say of any player not playing well because of it was her "time of the month" isn't only silly but ignorant. Men have loads of not very good matches and don't have a 'time of the month'.

Behavior in the match - Kyrgios is constantly the target for these questions and he annoyingly asked a reporter "Don't you swear?". Serena, mad at herself and her play took it out on her racquet and to have later be asked "Why did you break your rackets up and threw them across the grass?" would be tasteless and common knowledge as to why she did it.

Fortunately this wasn't asked of her. About one's wife/husband, boy or girlfriend - "What is your boyfriend like at tennis?" a reporter asked Ana Ivanovic. Well how could they be if they dont play should be the replied answer.

She just smiled sweetly and laughed it off. This isn't only stupid but a reporter's absence at coming up with great and relevant questions. The list goes on and on like "How much sleep did you get last night?" or "How do you feel after that match?" asked of Tomas Berdych when he lost badly.

He looked away from the reporter and asked another reporter, "Does he know right, or is he trying to make fun of me?" I guess it's a no-win situation when players go to a press conference. They know they're on the hot seat.

This year's 2016 Australian Open, Venus lost in the first round to Johanna Konta, but she chose to skip the questioning and was hit with a $5,000 fine; that might have been the easy and best way out. Reporters have time and are writers most times can come up with some lines of questioning that are much better.

If they don't want to make enemies, they should think before they ever say something ridiculous and demeaning. A reporter who doesn't think wisely may have the tables turned back at them like Kyrgios did when he asked a reporter "Don't you swear?" Press conferences: a no-win situation, whether you've won or not! .