Why do Tennis Players Have to do Press Conferences? 

Why do Tennis Players Have to do Press Conferences?

Tennis players have to do press conferences. Why? This is something that has puzzled many people over the years. After all, what could these professional athletes possibly have to say to the media that is so important? 

Surely, their matches and rankings are more newsworthy than anything they might say at a press conference. Well, it turns out that there is a lot more to a tennis player’s press conference than meets the eye. 

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at what goes on during these Q&A sessions and explore some of the reasons why they are so important for players and fans alike. 

A Little Preface

We should ask ourselves if this practice helps the fans, does it bring anything to the game, or is it simply a marketing event? 

Is a press conference important and useful to the players and their careers or is it just a waste of time? Well, after speaking with many tennis professionals, I understand what they think about it. 

When players are asked the same question again and again, over time it’s easy to get annoyed by certain questions. Asking obvious questions is one of them. 

For example, when speaking about their next opponent, why would tennis pros have to answer the same question over and over again? If they’ve lost they would most likely say that their opponent played better or that it was just not their day. 

It’s ridiculous to keep asking the same question over and over again. 

Press conferences don’t really help journalists improve their articles, do they? Asking questions such as “How is your mindset towards the next match?” is a little bit annoying because we’ve heard these questions before. 

I know that tennis players need to do press conferences and I’m not saying that they shouldn’t, but “Why must the top players do it?” is a question that everyone should ask. 

It’s pretty clear what goes on inside those press conferences, right? Well, maybe not. This is something that tennis fans should think about. 

What Do The Rules Say? 

At the end of each match, unless injured seriously enough not to continue playing, players are required by Grand Slam rule book 2020 (ORS) attend media rounds.

A monetary fine will be imposed if they don’t show up for these interviews and conferences with both domestic press from their nation as well as foreign journalists covering that same event/tournament etc. 

Tennis Press Conferences Formatting 

The press conferences can vary a lot from players to players. 

But it usually goes like this: 

Questions from the home/domestic press first, followed by foreign journalists’ questions and finally the players ask each other questions. 

And, of course, media members sometimes ask other tennis players questions who are not present at that particular conference. 

There are many people who consider press conferences to be an excellent opportunity for the players to get their views across. Journalists covering tennis matches also use these press conferences as opportunities to ask questions which might not have been covered in post-match interviews. 

As journalists, we all know that this means extra work for us, but it’s good to hear what the players have to say and how they’re feeling before, during and after a match. 

Many people believe that press conferences are still important for tennis players because they give journalists an opportunity to ask questions which wouldn’t be covered via interview/on-court conference. That way we can get the complete picture of what is going on in the player’s mind. 

Why must the top players do it? Is a press conference important and useful to the players and their careers or is it just a waste of time? Well, after speaking with many tennis professionals, I understand what they think about it. 

When players are asked the same question again and again, over time it’s easy to get annoyed by certain questions. Asking obvious questions is one of them.

If they’ve lost the match, players would most likely say that their opponent played better or that it was just not their day. It’s ridiculous to keep asking the same question over and over again. 

Naomi Osaka Incident 

During the 2021 French Open, Naomi Osaka quit the press conference in the middle, revealing she had mental difficulties with herself and complaining about the duty to show herself, or every other player to show for a press conference after a match, let alone cope with stupid questions. 

This incident raised awareness for the mental issues that go within a tennis player’s mind and let the subject go viral for a month or two. 

Advantages of Holding Press Conferences for Tennis Players 

Press conferences allow players to get their views across and journalists can use these press conferences as opportunities to ask questions which might not have been covered in post-match interviews. 

As such, many people believe that press conferences are still important for tennis players because they give journalists an opportunity to ask questions which wouldn’t be covered via interview/on-court conference. That way we can get the complete picture of what is going on in the player’s mind. 

When pressed on the issue of these post-match interviews and tennis press conferences, many athletes feel that they provide so many benefits to the players and the fans, such as: 

Helping tennis journalists understand what is going on with players. 

This point helps both journalist and player do their jobs better. The questions asked help the press write quality articles that would help spread information about tennis events and encourage more people to watch or follow it.

 

Disadvantages of Holding Press Conferences for Tennis Players 

It’s pretty clear what goes on inside those press conferences, right? Well, maybe not. This is something that tennis fans should think about. 

After speaking to many tennis professionals, I understand what they think about it. 

They get asked the same questions time after time and can get annoyed by certain questions. Asking obvious questions is one of them. 

Waste of Time? 

Well, many tennis professionals have mixed views on press conferences being held after every single match in Grand Slams tournaments.  Some players believe they are a waste of time and this definitely limits their media activity. 

Some think that the time involved is not worth it for what can be achieved, while others do feel that it is important to speak with the press. 

It Prevents Distortion Of Facts 

One of the biggest reasons behind holding press conferences is that they help politicians in preventing distortion of facts. 

Tennis players also try to do this but it is important for the journalists to ask the player tough questions, which may actually affect their future performance.

They should be given a chance to get an honest response from them without being judged. 

 Many Times They Go Viral

Many times, players’ answers have gone viral after press conferences. They are shared all around the world and people love to see what kind of answers they get from the players. 

Letting Journalists Do A Better Job 

Most argue that letting journalists do a better job is one of the reasons why press conferences are held. Press conferences give journalists opportunities to ask questions which wouldn’t be covered in an interview/on-court conference. 

Updating About Current Situations With The Player 

Questions asked in press conferences can help fans understand what is going on with the players during a particular time frame.

Stupid Questions? 

Although most believe that press conferences are important, there are some who think they give journalists an opportunity to ask stupid questions, which might not have been covered in the post-match interview. They feel that it’s ridiculous to keep asking the same question over and over again. 

Wrong Approach By Journalists 

Although there are some who feel that press conferences are a waste of time, many believe the journalists’ approach is wrong. They say getting information from players via interviews rather than press conferences allows journalists to ask tough questions and develop a better relationship with them. 

They do not understand why they have to keep asking the same issues over and over again, which can annoy tennis professionals. This is why there are players who do not want to answer journalists’ questions after press conferences. 

My Thoughts 

Press conferences are important because they help journalists understand what is going on with the players, apart from asking tough questions. This is why some players attend them after every match. 

It helps both journalist and player do their jobs better. The questions asked help the press write quality articles that would help spread information about tennis events and encourage more people to watch them or follow it. 

 

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