[SIZE=5]Should mandatory interviews become optional?[/SIZE]
I originally created a thread in General Messages today with a question concerning mandatory interviews for WTA players. When I started to comment it turned into an article, or blog as some would miss-describe. I have decided to post it as a WTAworld blog since I have added a post thread comment.
Posted March 01, 2008
Should mandatory interviews become optional?
Yes. I think players shouldn't be forced to answer questions before and after the match.
My personal opinion:[/B]
If I was a player, I wouldn't mind the "your thoughts on the match?" after a championship win.
I read this year that Ana said she has lines prepared for the interviews. Is it her lines or from someone else? I don't think she is the first to have lines prepared for the media. If players are told to say some stuff for the media then who is the media interviewing? Would not the player be an actor or a fake person if they are told what to say? Yes, they would.
Do these planned interviews stop in the press conference or go further than that? Judging by the photo-shopped photo-shoots, yes, it definitely does go further than just saying some lines. Why do they do it? Tennis is a sporting competition. Do they know the affect of their actions?
Does it stop there? No, it doesn't. Players even act like another person. But why? Oprah Winfrey has said, since the 1980s, when someone imitates another person's accent that it means they have an affection for the person in one way or another, whether it is amusing or a form of acceptance as a friend or entry into a clique. She explains, and I agree, that it is not negative. However, players acting like another person that the player has never met and then having some lines to say is not tennis nor sportsmanship, especially if it is misconstrued continuously. Imitating a person you personally know is different than answering questions at a press conference in a character of a person you have never met. For all the player knows the person they are imitating could be a victim and the player is kicking them with the use of the media.
Because of these mandatory interviews, admittance to prepared lines, obvious forged fake photo shoots, and even acting like another person during interviews can all lead to players being labelled as fake. Serbs as a people have been tricked by their friends, neighbours, allies, and of course their enemies. Therefore, because of this experience, the Serbian population around the world is less deceptive and less tolerant to certain behaviours or nonsense. No one has ridiculed Ana more harshly than her own people. She would not have been as vulnerable to this if it was not mandatory to give interviews.
No spin-doctors' (media public relations) spinning answers when answering this question.
Post thread comments:[/B]
When I was writing the comment section for this question I left out a player that made it obvious they were acting as someone else during a grand slam press conference. I won't mention him because of the fact his tennis organization receives twice the prize money as the women do for the same amount of sets played for the same tournament.
One good example of a player imitating a player would be the time when Ana Ivanovic imitated Martina Hingis while playing next to her as a doubles partner in the Arthur Ashe Kids Day match at the 2007 US Open. Ana imitated Martinia's smile throughout the entire match! Have a look on youtube; using their tags as well as Roddick, John Cena and the beautiful Daisy Fuentes. Make sure you watch the Daisy Fuentes video clip, it has the on-court side-by-side smile comparison.
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