After a weekend of record-breaking triumphs in cricket and rugby, what price our tennis players delivering another upbeat story in the cauldron of Arthur Ashe Stadium?
Johanna Konta is surely the best bet. She comes in with 10 slam victories to her name already in 2019: the highest tally she has ever brought into the year’s final major. And as she revealed this weekend, she is reaping the benefits – in terms of public approval, anyway – of her memorable spat with a reporter after her quarter-final loss at Wimbledon.
“Straight after that I went on holiday,” said Konta. “So to a certain extent I tried to remove myself as much as possible. But it’s hard to not notice the traction it got when I walked down the street and one woman was shouting down from the balcony, ‘Good on you!’ ”
The incident began with a searching question from Daily Express reporter Matt Dunn, who highlighted Konta’s 33 unforced errors, and continued with her complaint that she was being patronised and “picked on”.
The next day, Dunn told the BBC that “her answer was great, it showed some feistiness”. Their exchange certainly received blanket coverage, while also demonstrating how much benefit athletes can gain from showing their real emotions rather than sticking to the usual platitudes.
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