Jo Konta in Wimbledon press conference meltdown as she rages ‘don’t patronise me’ following humiliating exit

JO KONTA lost her cool in a spectacular press conference meltdown at Wimbledon.

The British No1, 28, was repeatedly riled by reporters as she faced the media after crashing out.

Jo Konta lost her Wimbledon quarter-final and then her cool in the press conference afterwards
Jo Konta lost her Wimbledon quarter-final and then her cool in the press conference afterwards
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Despite taking an early break against Barbora Strycova, she capitulated in the second set to lose 7-6 6-1 to the unseeded Czech who is on the verge of retiring.

And after being questioned that she should look at herself in the mirror for the failure, especially ‘bottling’ it at key moments, Konta’s response was brash.

She said: “Is that in your professional tennis opinion?”

Konta then added: “I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I think I’m very open with you guys.

“I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine.

“I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. I don’t have much else to say to your question.

“I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn’t good enough.”

Please don’t patronise me. No, no, you are. In the way you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronising me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.

Jo Konta

But when the journalist fired another question her way, Konta imploded.

She fumed: “Please don’t patronise me. No, no, you are. In the way you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronising me.

“I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.”

The No19 seed was also asked about the moment she shouted ‘oh f***ing hell’ early in the second set.

But again, she was in no mood to talk about the incident.

She said: “I mean, I guess I don’t recall. Yeah, I mean, she’s a frustrating player to play.

“I definitely found myself in a few frustrating positions out there. Apologies if I swore.”

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Konta defeated top-ten players Sloane Stephens and then Petra Kvitova – both from a set down – in the previous two rounds here at Wimbledon before succumbing to the veteran Strycova.

But Konta was desperate to defend herself and insisted she was simply outplayed, just like in the French Open semi-final against Marketa Vondrousova.

The Brit said: “Both the players that I lost to, I’d lost to previously. They’re very capable. They’ve beaten me before.

“I guess what happened is that I have an opponent on the other side of the court who has everything to say in how the match goes, as well.

“I think she was playing very well. I think I couldn’t quite find the level that I needed to make it difficult and challenging for the kind of player she is. She’s a very difficult player to play on this surface, and in general. She’s a very good player.

“It’s just unfortunate I couldn’t quite find the level needed to come through.

“I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn’t good enough.

Jo Konta's frosty press conference

Q. Looking at numbers, 33 unforced errors, then you had a smash at the net which you hit straight to her, then towards the end of the third set you had a double-fault, then missed a drive volley. Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with these big points? It’s all very well saying it’s a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you perhaps could have done better.
JOHANNA KONTA: Is that in your professional tennis opinion?

Q. No, that’s just as a watching spectator with everyone else on Centre Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBM’s.
JOHANNA KONTA: Okay. I mean, I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think I’m very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine.

I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I don’t have much else to say to your question.

Q. I’m just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a Grand Slam one day. Is it not something —
JOHANNA KONTA: Please don’t patronize me.

Q. I’m not patronizing you.
JOHANNA KONTA: No, no, you are. In the way you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronizing me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.

THE MODERATOR: Let’s move on to the next question.

“But every decision that I made, every thought process, every opportunity that I gave myself, everything, I have no regrets in doing. I did the best that I could.

“I’ve played a great tournament. Obviously I would have liked to have played three more matches, won three more matches.

“But I really feel that even including today, I can take a lot away from these ten days. The players that I’ve played and beaten, also lost to today, I think overall there’s a lot I can be proud of and take from it.”

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