Confused reported congratulates French Open loser
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.
France's Nicolas Mahut returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during their French tennis Open first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
France's Nicolas Mahut returns the ball to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis during their Open 13 tennis tournament match on February 21, 2014 in Marseille, southern France. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Michael Llodra of France and Nicolas Mahut of France in action in their fourth round doubles match against Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during day 10 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
This is hilarious. Don't ask questions if you haven't seen the match!!! (h/t @espnprim) #FrenchOpen http://t.co/kuluxcZGh0
"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:
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."
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.