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Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:25 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-21/201101211295579073894.html

I say awesome.

She cannot dominate on-court, but she certainly can off-court.

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:27 AM
The talk was that the media was asking the same questions and she was giving the same answers.
And what Caroline just did in front of international media is not easy.
She's a smart girl.

Keadz
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:31 AM
That was funny actually, some of the journalist questions were funny as well.

Caro would be a cool girl to hang out with. (y)

Polikarpov
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:32 AM
"I know what you're going to ask me already. So I'm just going to start with the answer."

Karolina:worship:

Serenita
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:33 AM
well done woz.

Lucemferre
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:34 AM
Awesome :worship:

Wiggly
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:34 AM
Well, it's true.
They always ask the same questions and the players always answers the same.
Everyone's bored out of their mind. :lol:

Great effort.:yeah:
As for the journalists, they could've asked some more interesting questions.

Noctis
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:34 AM
Congrats

nicidle
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:39 AM
Q. So where did you hear that your press conferences were dull?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I heard that the South American media said to the Danish media that they would like to get to know me better, but I always answer the same questions. So, you know, I just think when I get the questions, I answer what I can answer.

If they ask me about the match, I cannot really say that, you know, I like eating bananas. I try really to do my best here

:banana:

Burisleif
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:42 AM
Go Caro!!! :)

Potato
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:43 AM
Very calm, composed, and level headed girl.. too bad her tennis is boring as fuck. :hysteric:

Annie.
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:43 AM
How can anyone not like Woz? I mean really.

edificio
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:44 AM
Oddly, I still found it boring. But that's okay, since she had more fun.

Serenita
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:47 AM
How can anyone not like Woz? I mean really.
It's not her, its her awfull fugly tennis. she has a very likeable personality.

Temperenka
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:47 AM
:inlove: Great personality for the sport.

Wiggly
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:48 AM
Oddly, I still found it boring. But that's okay, since she had more fun.

Well, she gave the journalist a golden chance to know her better and all they could come up with is kids, global warming and piano. :tape:

She isn't Serena but at least she tried. :D

Jajaloo
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:11 AM
She's pushy, on and off the court! Get em gurk.

babsi
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:13 AM
You know which journalist started this? That guy from Tennis Reporters. Says it all, really.

Caro should not be worrying about this in a Grand Slam. She should be in a 'bubble'.

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:16 AM
It's not her, its her awfull fugly tennis. she has a very likeable personality.

This times 10000.

People get all shitfaced when people criticize Wozniacki and people say "omg1~!#~# shes so nice, how can you hate her" when in reality, I just hate her game. (nothing personal)

I loved how she started the interview.

Turnip
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:17 AM
"Two minutes is enough. Even the girls." :lol:

harloo
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:17 AM
:inlove: Great personality for the sport.
:lol:

RND
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:19 AM
She's too good. Even though some of the questions are still boring and kind of not easy to answer, she would come up with some interesting pieces to write about. Finally a no.1 that have a more fun personality that is good for the sport.

Natash.
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:21 AM
:lol: :spit: Great press conference.

Ryan
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:21 AM
:spit: Awesome presser.

Sailor Vee
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:24 AM
Her voice is annoying! Cute girl but annoying as hell! :cool:

XaDavK_Kapri
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:24 AM
AWESOME. I'm still not sure I enjoy watching her play, but I totally fell in love with her with that presser. :worship: Hilarious.

Potato
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:24 AM
If only her matches were this awesome.

Sean.
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:57 AM
:lol: She used the word 'lad'

Volcana
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:01 AM
Adroit, for a 20 year old. Especially in a foreign language.

Love-seles
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:02 AM
For those who saw this on espn-2 im curious what your thoughts were when Woz answered the last question about what she looks for in a guy. her 2 answers were before espn-2 cut her off was she wants the guy to be honest. and maybe into sports like herself. 2 great answers. then this lady sitting next to Brad gillbert said something like well i don't know about those last 2 answers from Wozniacki. like their was something wrong with those last to answers from Woz? :confused: that lady needs to go! this isn't the first time she has said some pretty stupid things like this on espn-2. i can't stand her :fiery:

CWTennis
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:08 AM
great press conference, I wanna see a video! :haha: Caro you go gurl! :worship:

Nico_E
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:09 AM
still dont like her

Ksenia.
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:15 AM
I have to admit this is pretty awesome :lol:

Lunaticalm
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:18 AM
Genuine and not contrived.

helio_c
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:35 AM
She should give a piano concert with Daniela :)

Raz0r
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:45 AM
Love it :rolls:

Geoffry
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:55 AM
That's actually a press transcript worth reading. :)

venus_rulez
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:23 AM
Lol. Funny!

kyk710
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:29 AM
I thought it was smart and funny, and a brilliant way to get all of the stupid questions out of the way without having to be bitchy. Caroline 1 - Reporters 0.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:21 AM
Nice. :yeah:

Vartan
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:28 AM
:worship:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:38 AM
:)

claypova
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:40 AM
They showed it on TV just then, it was hilarious :lol::lol:

Singleniacki
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:45 AM
Caro :inlove:

jasminefu623
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:02 AM
They showed it on TV just then, it was hilarious :lol::lol:

Would love to watch it, can anyone upload it or put it on youtube?? thanks:worship:

Kooyong
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Complete crack up

Nearly as many "ï mean" has you would have found from a Capriati Press conference

I really like Wozniacki's personality. i agree she could be more aggressive but at the end of the day you only have to do enough to win two sets and up til now she has been very successful.

I agree with Kim that maybe she is overplaying but i believe Caroline is not far from winning a slam or two

Someone should start a chant whenever Caroline takes a little long between points, something like her showers are quicker haha

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Omg I almost DIED when I saw this. Funniest. Thing. EVER.

OMG.

Also, who came up with this idea?

¤CharlDa¤
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:26 AM
Really nice, I must admit I chuckled a few times reading the transcript. Sweet girl.

Mynarco
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:28 AM
Too bad her brilliance off court cannot translate to her game

Pops Maellard
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:44 AM
Too bad her brilliance off court cannot translate to her game

Yeah too bad. :sad:

Meteor Shower
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:46 AM
Awsome :worship:

bandabou
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:10 AM
:lol: It was great..very good of her, she's well aware of things. Always a plus.

petkoan
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:14 AM
I loved it

TennisFan66
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:20 AM
Caroline you rulez, girl ... :worship: Pls let there be a clip somewhere. This is just .. :hearts:

MaBaker
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:06 AM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sick029.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Ballbasher
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:17 AM
I liked the start, but the journalists messed it all up. :rolleyes: Caro has a great personality though!

rockstar
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:46 AM
global warming and scrapbooking :dead:

dany.p
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:46 AM
"If they ask me about the match, I cannot really say that, you know, I like eating bananas" lol. Refreshing.

Mary Cherry.
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:47 AM
Must've been entertaining if Sky Sports News over here decided to show it, it's rare to get any coverage of tennis on there unless it's the US Open (which SSN have the rights to)

She really won the presenter over, he said she was "grrrreat" :lol:

gc-spurs
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:52 AM
Man Caro would be so legit if she had the game.
Well done girl!
But yeah, course its the same answsers if its the same questions!

DownInAHole
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:59 AM
For those who saw this on espn-2 im curious what your thoughts were when Woz answered the last question about what she looks for in a guy. her 2 answers were before espn-2 cut her off was she wants the guy to be honest. and maybe into sports like herself. 2 great answers. then this lady sitting next to Brad gillbert said something like well i don't know about those last 2 answers from Wozniacki. like their was something wrong with those last to answers from Woz? :confused: that lady needs to go! this isn't the first time she has said some pretty stupid things like this on espn-2. i can't stand her :fiery:

I think you misinterpreted what she meant. Caroline said:

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: You know, sometimes the media is too good looking here, so I can't really focus on what I'm supposed to say (laughter).

Then they cut away and the commentator (I forget her name) disagreed which I took to mean that the media is not too good looking. I don't think she was slighting Caroline at all.

goat
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:10 PM
I read this as Wickmayer! :lol:
I think she will win one soon. Probably next year.

propi
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:39 PM
How on earth can people say having her as number 1 is bad for the sport!!
Pure genious :yeah:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:42 PM
How on earth can people say having her as number 1 is bad for the sport!!
Pure genious :yeah:

Because unlike the hardcore tennis followers, the general fans are going to judge the game based on the on-court play and not off-court interviews.

Blu€
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:03 PM
Caro :hug: go get them all! :lol:

As boring as her game can be for a lot of you, it's just impossible to hate her. :p

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:09 PM
Because unlike the hardcore tennis followers, the general fans are going to judge the game based on the on-court play and not off-court interviews.She is #1 based on the on-court play.

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:12 PM
joedrape (http://twitter.com/joedrape)

No. 1 Caroline Wozniack rips tennis press for asking boring questions. Been in that room, and they are boring. ,http://nyti.ms/gfVTGm (http://nyti.ms/gfVTGm)

kman
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:13 PM
Because unlike the hardcore tennis followers, the general fans are going to judge the game based on the on-court play and not off-court interviews.

But to the general tennis fan, tennis is about getting the ball across the net, not hitting it as hard as you can INTO the net.

kman
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:15 PM
She is #1 based on the on-court play.

ZING!

Brena
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:25 PM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sick029.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

+1

eck
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:27 PM
But to the general tennis fan, tennis is about getting the ball across the net, not hitting it as hard as you can INTO the net.

And then two of the other players in your siggy have problems doing just that.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:34 PM
She is #1 based on the on-court play.

Did I say anywhere that her game doesn't work for her?

But to the general tennis fan, tennis is about getting the ball across the net, not hitting it as hard as you can INTO the net.

Sure, but tennis fans also expect more than just getting the ball across the net from a world number 1.

Morning Morgan
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:57 PM
Link to the podcast of the interview. Hear it here:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2011_podcasts/wozniacki-presser.mp3

wildemu
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:46 PM
This was a great presser, almost a classic, but journalists are so clueless and monotonous that tomorrow's pressers will go back to "what do you think about your game today, your next opponent, do you feel the pressure." I wish they were all a lot more interesting but no way will this type of thing become the norm.

Dodoboy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:04 PM
Journalists really are so uncreative! I stopped reading pressers! This was refreshing, lots of fun!

Wintermute
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:29 PM
I liked it. A refreshing change. And winning over the press and some new fans like this can't be a bad thing if you're the #1.

cocco80
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:35 PM
I like her personality. Her accent is :hearts:. It has to do with my love for anything related to Denmark.

The level of hate for her on this board made me warm up to her.. not her game, but still. She's cool.

Brena
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:36 PM
What this terribly exciting presser is all about IMHO:

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/cw2oo7/gifs/caro.gif

''Everyone hates your tennis! You don't have striking looks! So if you want big endorsements BE INTERESTING!!! BE INTERESTING, CARLOINE!!!''


..and she was interesting, and now everyone likes her. :shrug:

Craig.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:37 PM
Oddly, I still found it boring. But that's okay, since she had more fun.

Same here.

Nina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:40 PM
I think it was a funny idea :)

Scola
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:45 PM
Does she really think it was funny or interesting? She basically said, that doesn't read press or about herself, so why come out with this...:shrug: Please Caro, if you want to pretend how much you don't give a shit, do it properly at least.

KV
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:46 PM
How can anyone not like Woz? I mean really.

Even the most popular tennis players aren't liked by everybody.

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:57 PM
Does she really think it was funny or interesting? She basically said, that doesn't read press or about herself, so why come out with this...:shrug: ...Caro was told some of the press said she is boring in these post match interviews. She's saying that she gets the same questions all the time.
So she started by answering those same questions and let the media ask other questions.
From what I read Caro received tremendous compliments for the way she handled this.

stangtennis
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:20 PM
Fz1wAcZvecM

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:28 PM
Well done :yeah:. I thought it would come off as artificial, but she is a sweet girl. If only she would take a few more chances on court, like she just did off-court!

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:43 PM
I loved it.

Filippo-Nastya
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:26 PM
Caroline :inlove:
Loved it. :worship:
Oooh and she likes football, smart girl. :cool:

VIKA?
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:35 PM
Just awesome:inlove:

PatrickRyan
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:01 PM
Guess I'm the only one who thought she was trying WAY too hard! :shrug: Saw it on ESPN, thought it was too much. However unlike most people, I do like the her game style :)

Sombrerero loco
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:20 PM
baby woz is so clever

Sharapovian
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:54 PM
Awesome :hearts:

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:35 PM
Judging if it was awesome or unnatural would've been better with a video where you could actually see her facial expressions.
Fz1wAcZvecM
Hearing this, she really does sound like she's a deaf person. :sobbing: No offence but it just kinda stood out to me.

VIKA?
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:44 PM
Love it:rolls:

Shvedbarilescu
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:53 PM
Q. Is there one piece of classical music you like above all others?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Not really. You know what I like? I think it's beautiful when you can just sit down at the piano, you don't have any notes, you don't have anything, and you're able to play whatever you want. I think that's what I'd like to try to do again.

Sounds like Caroline needs to learn to start playing jazz not classical then. :cool:

Mary Cherry.
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:24 PM
Oooh and she likes football, smart girl. :cool:

She likes Liverpool, not so smart :unsure:

BlameSerena
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:36 PM
Oddly, I still found it boring. But that's okay, since she had more fun.

Basically. It was cute, not funny, but cute. She gets an A for effort. The media does suck in the question department so I'm glad she brought that to their attention.

Petkorazzi
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:48 PM
Pretty good.

But not epic, like this:

-4DHCdE7quU

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:06 AM
At the guy asking for the Global Warming :haha:.

He new that Caroline is a blond :spit:

Ldo95mf
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:48 AM
Fz1wAcZvecM
Thanks!

danieln1
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:11 AM
:haha: :haha:

She was so great there, never seen anything like it... Please just win this tourney Caro!!!!

rockstar
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:37 AM
What this terribly exciting presser is all about IMHO:

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/cw2oo7/gifs/caro.gif

''Everyone hates your tennis! You don't have striking looks! So if you want big endorsements BE INTERESTING!!! BE INTERESTING, CARLOINE!!!''


..and she was interesting, and now everyone likes her. :shrug:

omg wtf is this?! :sobbing:

gdmirou
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:01 AM
She is #1 based on the on-court play.

Game, set, match!:fiery:

Chance
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:12 AM
cute, i can see why Serena is friends with her.

Claus
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
omg wtf is this?! :sobbing:

It's from a Danish tv sketch show. They're actors.

FleetSeb
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:09 PM
I was very taken with it. And frankly I'm much more inclined to like Caro these days, I have a lot of respect for someone who is willing to try and improve their game and be more aggressive. I know she isn't always but she is trying.

And yes this media thing was a very smart idea.

Slutiana
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:12 PM
Guess I'm the only one who thought she was trying WAY too hard! :shrug: Saw it on ESPN, thought it was too much. However unlike most people, I do like the her game style :)
Agreed. On paper I thought the monologue (not the Q&A though) sounded hilarious. But yes, in video it looked like she was just reading from a script that was probably done by her PR company, and the delivery was awkward. She kept on laughing. Whereas, for example, Kim's comedic timing yesterday is what made the joke so funny.
This was a great presser, almost a classic, but journalists are so clueless and monotonous that tomorrow's pressers will go back to "what do you think about your game today, your next opponent, do you feel the pressure." I wish they were all a lot more interesting but no way will this type of thing become the norm.
Having been in tennis press rooms myself now, It really isn't as easy as it sounds and looks. Firstly, press conferences are conducted in order to get quotes for filing stories, so those questions have to be asked. And secondly, they spend so much time around the players that there isn't really much to ask.


Anyhow, at the end of the day, practically every player gets the same treatment. All the same questions are asked which mostly are to do with specific incidents in the match or off court, and then analysis of their match. The rest of the questions are spontaneous and usually determined by the answers of the players. Problem is, nothing of note ever happens to Wozniacki in her matches, and when something does happen and questions are asked, the answers are so bland and monotonous.

And when asked specifically about the match, Wozniacki will, without fail, pretty much the same thing, win or lose; "she played well" (regardless of whether it was a double bagel), "I tried to be aggressive" (no you weren't, you were hitting moonballs) and "you know, I just tried to fight and didn't give up".

Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more apecific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.

Wozniacki makes that impossible because neither funny or an interestin, insightful quote. She's just Wozniacki - she smiles, is PC in every shape and form and her answers are always vague and too media trained. Hence why journos call her interviews boring and don't attend them.

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:19 PM
...Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more apecific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.

Wozniacki makes that impossible.Bullshit! Press doesnt need a player to lead them to their questions. If they saw the match, they know what they want to ask.
Caro came in with a list of the same questions she always gets asked, & she answered them. Then she asked them for any other questions. You can see how dopey the press is, global warming & boyfriends. They had nothing specific about tennis or that match to ask her.

shega
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:55 PM
Agreed. On paper I thought the monologue (not the Q&A though) sounded hilarious. But yes, in video it looked like she was just reading from a script that was probably done by her PR company, and the delivery was awkward. She kept on laughing. Whereas, for example, Kim's comedic timing yesterday is what made the joke so funny.

Having been in tennis press rooms myself now, It really isn't as easy as it sounds and looks. Firstly, press conferences are conducted in order to get quotes for filing stories, so those questions have to be asked. And secondly, they spend so much time around the players that there isn't really much to ask.


Anyhow, at the end of the day, practically every player gets the same treatment. All the same questions are asked which mostly are to do with specific incidents in the match or off court, and then analysis of their match. The rest of the questions are spontaneous and usually determined by the answers of the players. Problem is, nothing of note ever happens to Wozniacki in her matches, and when something does happen and questions are asked, the answers are so bland and monotonous.

And when asked specifically about the match, Wozniacki will, without fail, pretty much the same thing, win or lose; "she played well" (regardless of whether it was a double bagel), "I tried to be aggressive" (no you weren't, you were hitting moonballs) and "you know, I just tried to fight and didn't give up".

Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more apecific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.

Wozniacki makes that impossible because neither funny or an interestin, insightful quote. She's just Wozniacki - she smiles, is PC in every shape and form and her answers are always vague and too media trained. Hence why journos call her interviews boring and don't attend them.

Too true, especially the she-played-well-i-tried-to-be-agressive...blaah blah blah.

Ciarán
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:59 PM
Trying too hard. After the Rally For Relief she proved how lacking in personality she is. Every inch of her lacks spontaneity and excitiment. Caroline Wozniacki is/will single handedly destroy the WTA tour.

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:01 PM
Trying too hard. After the Rally For Relief she proved how lacking in personality she is. Every inch of her lacks spontaneity and excitiment. Caroline Wozniacki is/will single handedly destroy the WTA tour.Caroline gets plenty of endorsements, which usually means the opposite than destroying the tour. If the tour cant handle a young marketable #1, maybe it deserves to be destroyed.

Ciarán
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:07 PM
Caroline gets plenty of endorsements, which usually means the opposite than destroying the tour. If the tour cant handle a young marketable #1, maybe it deserves to be destroyed.

For fans and if fans don't buy tickets or have any interest...

TheAllan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:13 PM
But yes, in video it looked like she was just reading from a script that was probably done by her PR company, and the delivery was awkward.
That seems a little far-fetched. The bulk of her monologue was about the match that had just finished, and the answers sounded much like what she usually says. Why would there need to be a script for her answers, let alone the questions? She also explained that she had written down notes with the typical questions she is asked and informed her agent beforehand. Are you saying she is lying about that?

And when asked specifically about the match, Wozniacki will, without fail, pretty much the same thing, win or lose; "she played well" (regardless of whether it was a double bagel), "I tried to be aggressive" (no you weren't, you were hitting moonballs) and "you know, I just tried to fight and didn't give up".
Players don't change mentality from day to day. You can find these repeated patterns and common phrases in the interviews of every player on both tours. But Caroline's are nowhere as stereotypical as you suggest. In Wozniacki's two most recent interviews she didn't talk about fighting and not giving up. She also didn't compliment Vania King for playing well. She said she was playing aggressively against King, but said she was playing defensively against Cibulkova. It's not like she completely ignores what transpired in the match.

Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more specific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.
I don't know which interviews you are reading or have witnessed. The vast majority are no different from Wozniacki's. Very few players are consistently inspiring or informative in their interviews. Some players try to get away with yes/no or single-sentence answers whenever possible, forcing the journalists to drag the tiniest little quote out of them.

Some of the more experienced players take control and give long, extended answers. This pre-empts a lot of questions from the journalists, especially as they know what types of quotes the media are looking for. This doesn't necessarily mean that they say a lot, though.

Here is Murray answering a question that Wozniacki has been asked a million times as well:

Q. Do you feel this is a place where you're going to have that win?

ANDY MURRAY: I have no idea. I don't think any of the players do. I'm focusing on my first match. Got a tough opponent in the first round. You know, that's what I'm focusing on just now: trying to win my first match.

Not the most riveting quote, but it's difficult to give an inspiring answer to that type of question.

kman
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:30 PM
Agreed. On paper I thought the monologue (not the Q&A though) sounded hilarious. But yes, in video it looked like she was just reading from a script that was probably done by her PR company, and the delivery was awkward. She kept on laughing. Whereas, for example, Kim's comedic timing yesterday is what made the joke so funny.

Having been in tennis press rooms myself now, It really isn't as easy as it sounds and looks. Firstly, press conferences are conducted in order to get quotes for filing stories, so those questions have to be asked. And secondly, they spend so much time around the players that there isn't really much to ask.


Anyhow, at the end of the day, practically every player gets the same treatment. All the same questions are asked which mostly are to do with specific incidents in the match or off court, and then analysis of their match. The rest of the questions are spontaneous and usually determined by the answers of the players. Problem is, nothing of note ever happens to Wozniacki in her matches, and when something does happen and questions are asked, the answers are so bland and monotonous.

And when asked specifically about the match, Wozniacki will, without fail, pretty much the same thing, win or lose; "she played well" (regardless of whether it was a double bagel), "I tried to be aggressive" (no you weren't, you were hitting moonballs) and "you know, I just tried to fight and didn't give up".

Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more apecific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.

Wozniacki makes that impossible because neither funny or an interestin, insightful quote. She's just Wozniacki - she smiles, is PC in every shape and form and her answers are always vague and too media trained. Hence why journos call her interviews boring and don't attend them.

hahaha jealous much?

What a long-winded crock of shit. You really are the epitome of a bitter hater.

M-K
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:34 PM
Agreed. On paper I thought the monologue (not the Q&A though) sounded hilarious. But yes, in video it looked like she was just reading from a script that was probably done by her PR company, and the delivery was awkward. She kept on laughing. Whereas, for example, Kim's comedic timing yesterday is what made the joke so funny.

Having been in tennis press rooms myself now, It really isn't as easy as it sounds and looks. Firstly, press conferences are conducted in order to get quotes for filing stories, so those questions have to be asked. And secondly, they spend so much time around the players that there isn't really much to ask.


Anyhow, at the end of the day, practically every player gets the same treatment. All the same questions are asked which mostly are to do with specific incidents in the match or off court, and then analysis of their match. The rest of the questions are spontaneous and usually determined by the answers of the players. Problem is, nothing of note ever happens to Wozniacki in her matches, and when something does happen and questions are asked, the answers are so bland and monotonous.

And when asked specifically about the match, Wozniacki will, without fail, pretty much the same thing, win or lose; "she played well" (regardless of whether it was a double bagel), "I tried to be aggressive" (no you weren't, you were hitting moonballs) and "you know, I just tried to fight and didn't give up".

Whereas for other players, when interesting things happen on court, they'll usually either give an interesting take on it, or say something funny. And when a player gets asked to analyse their match or future opponents or whatever, they'll speak and then journalists will ask more apecific questions on the response which will lead to interesting/funny quotes.

Wozniacki makes that impossible because neither funny or an interestin, insightful quote. She's just Wozniacki - she smiles, is PC in every shape and form and her answers are always vague and too media trained. Hence why journos call her interviews boring and don't attend them.

I agree.

Also, if it's only because the journalists keep asking the same questions, then how come so many of the other players still manage to be interesting? Why do they only blame Wozniacki for being boring?
And of course journalists need to ask about the matches, and it is certainly possible to come up with more than like 2 or 3 standard answers for a match.

I really do think she has been media-trained way too much, and has become too afraid to speak spontaniously.

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:43 PM
... and has become too afraid to speak spontaniously.She just asked them for any questions. Anything. Caro is spontaneous. What answers do you want her to give? What are you looking for specifically?

M-K
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:58 PM
She just asked them for any questions. Anything. Caro is spontaneous. What answers do you want her to give? What are you looking for specifically?

I mean questions regarding her tennis/matches.

joão.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:07 PM
:yawn:

kman
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:50 PM
I mean questions regarding her tennis/matches.

"any questions" includes questions about her tennis/matches :smash:

kman
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:02 PM
I agree.

Also, if it's only because the journalists keep asking the same questions, then how come so many of the other players still manage to be interesting? Why do they only blame Wozniacki for being boring?


Because apparently Wozniacki is one of the few players who finds being asked the same trivial questions over and over boring and she's not going to reward boring questions with "interesting" answers. If they're going to ask boring questions, they'll get boring answers. That's the statement she just made. I love it.

Slutiana
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:49 PM
Bullshit! Press doesnt need a player to lead them to their questions. If they saw the match, they know what they want to ask.
Caro came in with a list of the same questions she always gets asked, & she answered them. Then she asked them for any other questions. You can see how dopey the press is, global warming & boyfriends. They had nothing specific about tennis or that match to ask her.
Yes they do. Pretty much the basic rule of press and a good interview is that you establish a basic line of questions, but follow the interviewee's responses and react to them. It's all about being reactionary. Do you seriously think that you could think up a hell of a load of different "interesting" questions for every single player that comes into the interview room in the, lets say, 20 weeks you spend on-site at events per year if you were a journalist? The answer is no, because no one can. It's all about bouncing off the players' answers.

Anyway, you make me laugh, Olga. Half the time in this forum you have gone around talking about how TF posters' opinions don't matter and that it's the journalists on twitter who are the best people to listen to. But now you're criticizing them as well?
For fans and if fans don't buy tickets or have any interest...
Yup. The idea that being marketable = good for the tour is completely ridiculous. The only thing that having a lot of sponsors is good for is the player. Having an entertaining personality and game which brings people and fans into the GAME of tennis is what's good for tennis. With that said, she has been good at bringing Danish people into tennis. But her appeal will never be too much wider than home soil.


That seems a little far-fetched. The bulk of her monologue was about the match that had just finished, and the answers sounded much like what she usually says. Why would there need to be a script for her answers, let alone the questions? She also explained that she had written down notes with the typical questions she is asked and informed her agent beforehand. Are you saying she is lying about that?
Oh, I didn't see that part. When did she say that? It could have easily been her PR company though. It's not like she's going to say "x person told me to do this" if it was them. But regardless, what she did was a good move and she did fairly well. I just didn't find it funny after watching it


I don't know which interviews you are reading or have witnessed. The vast majority are no different from Wozniacki's. Very few players are consistently inspiring or informative in their interviews. Some players try to get away with yes/no or single-sentence answers whenever possible, forcing the journalists to drag the tiniest little quote out of them.

Some of the more experienced players take control and give long, extended answers. This pre-empts a lot of questions from the journalists, especially as they know what types of quotes the media are looking for. This doesn't necessarily mean that they say a lot, though.
Well Andy Murray is just a boring person period. I didn't say she's anywhere near his levels yet. :lol:

But you only have to compare her interviews to the likes of Clijsters (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-22/201101221295680963919.html), Zvonareva (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-22/201101221295669267404.html) and even Stosur. Even just the first "assessment" answers compared to Wozniacki's are vastly different. None of them are known for their personality, but they answer questions well and in depth, and it enables the reporters to pick out sections of those answers and grill them further and their answers are very analytical and interesting. OTOH, Wozniacki just says;

Q. Was that a No. 1 seed performance today?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I definitely felt like I was playing good tennis today. I was playing aggressively. I was playing my game and I felt comfortable out there.
Q. What did you like most about the match?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Uhm, I think I took the balls early, I made her run. I had a couple of good net approaches.
I don't know, I just think in general I played a really good and solid match.

I can't say that's how she really is, not knowing her. It could just be that she just doesn't care enough to actually focus her mind. But either way, it's boring as hell.

And since you say it's an age thing, well Sharapova (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-21/201101211295603210610.html) and Ivanovic are also great interviewees. Maria has been showing off her deadpan humour all week with the New Zealand journo, but even disregarding those exchanges, her candidness and the analysis of her tennis is very refreshing. And her injection of humour at certain points makes it even better.

And obviously I can speak from experience about Ana back at Linz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_vLYege5gU). I don't even like her and have never been interested in her in the slightest. But she too is an open book and just says everything on her mind, and I found myself chiming in without even meaning to just because her persona invites questions. Wozniacki is the complete opposite. She pretty much just smiles, replies in short, monotonous answers irrespective of the question. Again, I don't know whether it's because she's just an airhead with nothing interesting to say, or if she just doesn't care enough. But her pressers do look boring as hell. And from the sounds of it, though she's the top seed, her pressers are always empty and the journos who do turn up for them are only there because their work tells them to be, and they would probably be anywhere else if they had the choice.

hahaha jealous much?

What a long-winded crock of shit. You really are the epitome of a bitter hater.
I'm not a hater, Piotr. Sorry I clearly upset you, but you know what they say; the truth sets you free. :hug::kiss:

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:55 PM
'journalists on twitter who are the best people to listen to. But now you're criticizing them as well?'

I'm criticising media who complain about Wozniacki, yeah.
She's 20 and answers all their questions. If they dont like the answers, then specifically get to the point of what you want to know. She answers everything, and they can ask what they fucking want.

Slutiana
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:07 PM
'journalists on twitter who are the best people to listen to. But now you're criticizing them as well?'

I'm criticising media who complain about Wozniacki, yeah.
She's 20 and answers all their questions. If they dont like the answers, then specifically get to the point of what you want to know. She answers everything, and they can ask what they fucking want.
From the sounds of it, the ones criticizing Wozniacki have removed themselves from her pressers and I guess that's the right thing to do. And it also sounds like they were just chatting with Danish colleagues before the Danes decided to take some official quotes and run a stories on it. It is what it is.

Break My Rapture
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:13 PM
Because apparently Wozniacki is one of the few players who finds being asked the same trivial questions over and over boring and she's not going to reward boring questions with "interesting" answers. If they're going to ask boring questions, they'll get boring answers. That's the statement she just made. I love it.
:spit:

If that's the truth, then her personality and careless attitude towards the media are just as monotonous as her tennis.

duhcity
Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:12 AM
Lord. The Press was pissy because in the era of slamless #1's, the journos were used to bitchy comments, passive-aggressive answers, and smug arrogance. Caro is and was not giving them the juicy drama, and so they wanted more of that.

rucolo
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:21 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-21/201101211295579073894.html

I say awesome.

She cannot dominate on-court, but she certainly can off-court.

Yes, awesome!:inlove:

Go Caro!!!

Tennisstar86
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:12 PM
Oddly, I still found it boring. But that's okay, since she had more fun.

this.

I mean most of the press conferences are boring.... Only Serena and Roddick give funny ones imo.....The rest are usually just boring.... Jelena's can be good at times...