Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Post by TennisGu » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:44:23


When did this 'tradition' start exactly?

I don't know about the pro's, but if someone stuck a mic in front of
me before a big match I would just turn a blind eye and walk right
past them.

If there ever was a time that a player needed to focus on the game at
hand, it would be just before the match started.

The very last thing in the world that a player needs is some goof-ball
TV interviewer to stick a mic in their face and ask them how they feel
and what their strategy will be today against their opponent!!!

As much as I dislike Serena in her personality department, I give
kudos to her for her handling of the TV interviewer who stuck a mic in
her face just before her A.O. final match on Saturday.

She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled, and
then walked away.

If all the other players did the same, maybe the interviewers would
get the message.

I mean how many times does the audience need to hear Nadal in a pre-
match interview say "I try my best, no?" ?

 
 
 

Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Post by David » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:53:06

Quote:

> When did this 'tradition' start exactly?

In the last couple of years. I don't remember exactly. Slams are a TV sport.

Quote:
> I don't know about the pro's, but if someone stuck a mic in front of
> me before a big match I would just turn a blind eye and walk right
> past them.

> If there ever was a time that a player needed to focus on the game at
> hand, it would be just before the match started.

> The very last thing in the world that a player needs is some goof-ball
> TV interviewer to stick a mic in their face and ask them how they feel
> and what their strategy will be today against their opponent!!!

> As much as I dislike Serena in her personality department, I give
> kudos to her for her handling of the TV interviewer who stuck a mic in
> her face just before her A.O. final match on Saturday.

> She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled, and
> then walked away.

Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I don't remember
anything like that sort of brush-off.

Quote:
> If all the other players did the same, maybe the interviewers would
> get the message.

It's part of the deal now. Other slams have done it and they are done for
earlier rounds too, not just finals. Serena will have done these many times in
the last year or two and would have known she'd be doing another one.

Quote:
> I mean how many times does the audience need to hear Nadal in a pre-
> match interview say "I try my best, no?" ?

I agree. They're useless, but TV must like them.

 
 
 

Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Post by TennisGu » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 13:01:59


Quote:
> > She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled, and
> > then walked away.

> Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I don't remember
> anything like that sort of brush-off.

 I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was very brief, just a
few words, a fake smile and then she walked away before he could ask a
second question. Smart!

 
 
 

Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Post by David » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 13:09:32

Quote:


>>> She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled,
>>> and then walked away.

>> Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I
>> don't remember anything like that sort of brush-off.

>  I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was very brief, just a
> few words, a fake smile and then she walked away before he could ask a
> second question. Smart!

They never ask a second question, though. It's always one question and answer
followed by a "Good luck" or "Play well" from the interviewer.
 
 
 

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Post by ahonka » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 13:54:56


Quote:

> > > She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled, and
> > > then walked away.

> > Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I don't remember
> > anything like that sort of brush-off.

> ?I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was very brief, just a
> few words, a fake smile and then she walked away before he could ask a
> second question. Smart!

    This is only done at AO, I guess to show they are 'different'.
    The commentators on STAR Sports (Vijay Amritraj + 1) said
    that this is a wrong place and wrong time for even 1 question.
    Serena did exactly what you said and I liked it. The other 3
    were more polite. The answers are as meaningless as the Qs.
    Best to dump this 'tradition'.
 
 
 

Pre-match, last-minute interviews

Post by TennisGu » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:00:32


Quote:
> They never ask a second question, though. It's always one question and answer
> followed by a "Good luck" or "Play well" from the interviewer.

 Not quite. I haven't gone back to this tape, but I remember the Wim
'08 interviews distinctly and there was more than one question for
each player.

No matter how you look at it though, it's an intrusion on a very
special time that a player deserves to have to themselves.

Player A needs to get to destination X (court). There is only one
route to take to get to destination X.
TV interviewer blocks player A's path to destination X.

 
 
 

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Post by TennisGu » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:02:56


Quote:
> ? ? This is only done at AO, I guess to show they are 'different'.
> ? ? The commentators on STAR Sports (Vijay Amritraj + 1) said
> ? ? that this is a wrong place and wrong time for even 1 question.
> ? ? Serena did exactly what you said and I liked it. The other 3
> ? ? were more polite. The answers are as meaningless as the Qs.
> ? ? Best to dump this 'tradition'.

Exactly.

BTW, they are doing it at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well now.
I can't remember about the F.O.

 
 
 

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Post by Staple » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:13:07


Quote:
>>>Player A needs to get to destination X (court). There is only one

route to take to get to destination X.
TV interviewer blocks player A's path to destination X.<<<<

Player A socks TV interview in mouth, knocking his teeth out and leaving a
*** trail to destination X!

Now I'm not a *** guy, but these TV interviewers should be eviscerated.

 
 
 

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Post by Professor » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 17:57:12


Quote:


> > > > She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled, and
> > > > then walked away.

> > > Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I don't remember
> > > anything like that sort of brush-off.

> > ?I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was very brief, just a
> > few words, a fake smile and then she walked away before he could ask a
> > second question. Smart!

> ? ? This is only done at AO, I guess to show they are 'different'.
> ? ? The commentators on STAR Sports (Vijay Amritraj + 1) said
> ? ? that this is a wrong place and wrong time for even 1 question.
> ? ? Serena did exactly what you said and I liked it. The other 3
> ? ? were more polite. The answers are as meaningless as the Qs.
> ? ? Best to dump this 'tradition'.

Nope they did it at wimbledon last year BEFORE THE FINAL as Nadal +
Fed came out... maybe only us brits saw it on the beeb?
 
 
 

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Post by David » Thu, 05 Feb 2009 05:55:52

Quote:



>>>> She basically said, "Yeah right , OK" or some such tripe, smiled,
>>>> and then walked away.

>>> Maybe I'm confused and didn't see it it but I think I did and I
>>> don't remember anything like that sort of brush-off.

>> I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was very brief, just a
>> few words, a fake smile and then she walked away before he could ask
>> a second question. Smart!

>     This is only done at AO, I guess to show they are 'different'.

Nope. It's done at Wimbledon and I think the USO. Not sure about FO.
 
 
 

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Post by Whispe » Thu, 05 Feb 2009 13:46:12

Quote:


>> They never ask a second question, though. It's always one question and answer
>> followed by a "Good luck" or "Play well" from the interviewer.

>  Not quite. I haven't gone back to this tape, but I remember the Wim
> '08 interviews distinctly and there was more than one question for
> each player.

> No matter how you look at it though, it's an intrusion on a very
> special time that a player deserves to have to themselves.

> Player A needs to get to destination X (court). There is only one
> route to take to get to destination X.
> TV interviewer blocks player A's path to destination X.

Oh *** off already moron.

Everyone wants to see how the players look just before they go on - eg
are they confident in their manner, relaxed/smiling, or shitting bricks.

How you personally feel about it is of no consequence whatsoever.

 
 
 

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Post by Whispe » Thu, 05 Feb 2009 13:47:03

Quote:


>>     This is only done at AO, I guess to show they are 'different'.
>>     The commentators on STAR Sports (Vijay Amritraj + 1) said
>>     that this is a wrong place and wrong time for even 1 question.
>>     Serena did exactly what you said and I liked it. The other 3
>>     were more polite. The answers are as meaningless as the Qs.
>>     Best to dump this 'tradition'.

> Exactly.

> BTW, they are doing it at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well now.
> I can't remember about the F.O.

Hey here's an idea ***wit - you turn the tv off until after these short
interviews are over & just watch the match.  Genius no?