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Confused reported congratulates French Open loser

Mahut's Awkward Presser

At a press conference after Nicolas Mahut's match at the French Open, things got a bit uncomfortable when a reporter congratulated the French tennis player... after he lost his opening-round match.


"Congratulations."

"Congratulations? I lost."

"You lost? Oh, OK. So, what happened out there?"

Ouch! Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. It was definitely a short-lived conversation.

ESPN sportscaster Steve Weissman tweeted out this image of the transcribed exchange:

A writer for SB Nation says the interviewer's lack of awareness was "stunning laziness."

"This member of the media decided his primer on the match was 'I heard you won,' and never looked into it more."

Fox News said, "It's been awhile since I was covering a press conference, but I pretty much know you should watch the game or the match before you actually ask better questions."
Mahut Congratulated By Reporter After Loss At French Open

But ESPN was a bit gentler on the journalist.

"The mortified reporter meant no harm and was clearly hornswoggled by someone."

Mahut was defeated by 26-year-old Russian tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin.

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