The 28-year-old Konta had led Four-1 within the first set however succumbed 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to unseeded Czech 33-year-old Barbora Strycova, prompting some probing questions.
Konta defined how troublesome her opponent was, however one reporter pointed to her 33 unforced errors amongst various different points and puzzled whether or not she might have achieved higher at key instances.
“Is that in your skilled tennis opinion?” she fired again.
‘Please do not patronize me’
He replied: “No, that is simply as a watching spectator with everybody else on Centre Courtroom prepared you on.”
“I do not assume it’s worthwhile to choose on me in a harsh means,” added Konta, who additionally misplaced to an unseeded Czech within the semifinals of the French Open in June.
“I imply, I feel I am very open with you guys. I say how I really feel on the market. For those who do not need to settle for that reply or you do not agree with it, that is positive.
“I nonetheless imagine within the tennis that I play. I nonetheless imagine in the best way I competed. Yeah, I haven’t got a lot else to say to your query.”
The reporter wasn’t achieved but.
“I am simply asking you as someone who presumably desires to go on from right here, study from this, win a Grand Slam sooner or later. Is it not one thing…”
Konta interrupted: “Please do not patronize me…. In the best way you are asking your query, you are being fairly disrespectful and also you’re patronizing me. I am knowledgeable competitor who did her greatest right now, and that is all there may be to that.”
A well-known scene
This is not the primary time Konta has hit again at members of the media following exits from grand slams.
In 2018, after her first-round defeat to world No. 93 Yulia Putintseva on the French Open, she accused journalists of constructing her job harder with their criticism.
“If each time you went in to work … as an example you went into work as a result of, clearly, you journey, and as an example for a couple of years your items of writing have simply been crap each time while you come into Roland Garros. Proper? Simply crap. After which your colleagues begin to say, ‘You already know, you actually suck round that point.’ And that occurs, you realize, for a couple of years.
“How would you guys digest that, and would you’re feeling any kind of lingering sort of, ‘Oh, you realize what? I need to show these bastards flawed.’ And it is simply sort of lingering there. So it is not one thing I wish to purchase into, and I do not assume I do. Nonetheless, you guys do not make it simple.”
Having endured a tricky 2018 wherein she solely reached one last — she misplaced in Nottingham to Ashleigh Barty — Konta’s rating dropped to as little as 50th on the earth.
However after hiring Dimitri Zavialoff as her coach late final 12 months, she’s undergone a fast uptick in kind.
Konta returned to the highest 20 rankings following her semifinal look within the French Open in June.