WIMBLEDON WEEK: Caroline Wozniacki Crashes Novak Djokovic’ Press Conference, asks about 1-Match Slump


Djokovic, Wozniacki


Novak Djokovic has lost one match all year. One. True, it was his most recent one, to Roger Federer at the French Open. So leave it to the typical, negative media to come to his pre-Wimbledon press conference asking about his one-match losing streak.

“Novak, I’m sorry if you’ve been asked this question before, since I’m a bit late,’’ the reporter said.

“Where are you from?’’ he asked.

“I am from the Monaco newspaper on Avenue Princess Grace.’’

“Oh, OK,’’ Djokovic said. “I’ll be glad to answer.’’

“You know, you had this little losing streak of one, so what are you going to do to change that.’’

The reporter was Caroline Wozniacki, who popped in during Djokovic’ press conference Saturday and started asking questions. She and Djokovic are neighbors in Monaco. Djokovic likes to joke around pretty much everywhere. Wozniacki made up some strange story in her Australian Open press conferences about being attacked by a kangaroo, then showed up at a later press conference with boxing gloves and a balloon-kangaroo.

No one said they were the best comedians. But as far as comedians go, they are the best tennis players in the world. And for your typical tennis player, they are laugh riots. Here’s how the interview went after Wozniacki’s question about Djokovic’ losing streak.

“Well, you know what?  I will try to look up to some women players who have been so consistent with their wins, for example like Caroline Wozniacki,’’ Djokovic said. “I don’t know if you’ve heard about her.  She’s been winning so much.  She’s become a role model for all of us ATP players.  So I’m going to try to look (at) some of her matches and try to break this losing streak of one, you know, try to get on the right path.’’

Wozniacki: “So who is your favorite women’s tennis player?  Is that her, as well?’’

Djokovic: “Well, we’ll have to keep that a secret.’’

Wozniacki: “Oh, c’mon.’’

Djokovic: “I think I already discovered one of my favorite women’s players.  I just said her name.  She’s actually my neighbor, as well.’’

Wozniacki: “Really?

Djokovic: “She actually lives in the street where you come from.’’

Wozniacki: “Oh, really?

Djokovic: “Yes. From time to time we have coffee there on the beach and just relax and have lunch, have a jog.

Wozniacki: “I’m sure she must be a really, really nice girl.’’

Djokovic: “She is a really, really nice girl.  She’s a great entertainer; No. 1.  You never heard about her?’’

Wozniacki: “The No. 1 actually drinks coffee on the beach with someone who actually almost never lose a match?’’

Djokovic: “Yes. That’s a winning ‑‑  excuse me. . .’’

Wozniacki: “I cannot even talk anymore.  They’re pulling me.’’

Djokovic: “Yeah, I know.  Monaco press is very popular nowadays.

Wozniacki: “Monaco press is unbelievable.’’

Djokovic: “You see.  This is what I’m talking about.’’




About gregcouch

I can talk tennis all day long, and often do. And yet some of the people I talk to about it might rather I talk about something else. Or with someone else. That’s how it is with tennis, right? Sort of an addiction. Sort of a high. I am a national columnist at FoxSports.com and a FoxSports1 TV insider, and have been a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2010, I was the only American sports writer to cover the full two weeks of all four majors, and also to cover each of the U.S. Masters series events. I’ve seen a lot of tennis, talked with a lot of players, coaches, agents. I watched from a few rows behind the line judge as Serena rolled her foot onto the baseline for the footfault, a good call, at the 2009 U.S. Open. I sat forever watching a John Isner marathon, leaving for Wimbledon village to watch an England World Cup soccer game at a pub and then returning for hours of Isner, sitting a few feet from his wrecked coach. I got to see Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling joke around on a practice court on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, placing a small wager on a tiebreaker. Djokovic won, and Soderling pulled a bill out of his wallet, crumpled it into his fist and threw it at Djokovic, who unwadded it, kissed it, and told me, “My work is done here.’’ And when Rafael Nadal won the French Open in 2010, I finished my column, walked back out onto the court, and filled an empty tic tac container with the red clay. I’m looking at it right now. Well, I don’t always see the game the same way others do. I can be hard on tennis, particularly on the characters in suits running it. Tennis has no less scandal and dirt than any other game. Yet somehow, it seems to be covered up, usually from an incredible web of conflicts of interest. I promise to always tell the truth as I see it. Of course, I would appreciate it if you’d let me know when I’m wrong. I love sports arguments and hope to be in a few of them with you here. Personal info: One-handed backhand, serve-and-volleyer. View all posts by gregcouch

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