Nicolas Mahut lost his first-round match at the French Open. Unfortunately, the reporter who opened the post-match news conference did not get the memo because he offered: “Congratulations.”
Mahut threw up his hands in exasperation: “Congratulations? I lost.”
The reporter, ignoring the old saying about better to be silent and be thought a fool than speak and confirm it, soldiered on: “You lost? OK. So what happened out there?”
So not only did the reporter not bother to at least learn the result of the match about which he was now asking questions (or trying), he wants Mahut to fill him in on the details.
The rest of the exchange is detailed in the transcript below. Mahut actually handled the situation smoothly under the circumstances. He’s incredulous when the reporter admits to not watching the match but controls his seething anger long enough to politely asking for questions in French.
(And, come to think of it, that’s probably some kind subtle statement about what kind of questions he tends to get in English. Alas, this particular unidentified reporter sounds American).
By the way, Mahut lost to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.
You might remember Mahut from his epic 11-hour, three-day match against UGA grad John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010. Mahut lost that match, too, with Isner taking the fifth set 70-68.
— Steve Weissman (@SWeissmanESPN) May 26, 2014