Q&A Wozniacki style: hold the boring questions
Caroline Wozniacki tried a new tactic Friday. Her match was
over, she had advanced to the Australian Open fourth round, and it
was time for a little fun.
In a highly entertaining and extremely PR-savvy twist, Wozniacki
set out to show the media she is neither dull nor boring – as she
has been portrayed – and is tired of being asked if she deserves to
hold the No. 1 ranking without having won a major.
”I’d like to do this a little differently this time,” a
smiling Wozniacki informed reporters during her obligatory
post-match news conference after beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-4,
The 20-year-old Danish player sat down in front of the
microphones, placed a page of notes on the desk in front of her and
looked up with a big smile. She proceeded to lightheartedly mock
the media for asking boring questions that evoke boring
”I find it quite funny, because I always get the same
questions. So I’m just going to start. I know what you’re going to
ask me already,” she said, still smiling.
”I felt great out there today,” Wozniacki deadpanned.
”I’m happy to be through to the next round,” she said, sifting
through the list of routine questions that players often face at
the start of a news conference. ”My racket felt good. I feel like
the racket is really helping me out.”
In the case of Wozniacki, the questions almost always turn to
whether she feels she deserves to be No. 1. She moved atop the
rankings in October, replacing Serena Williams, and has won a mere
12 career titles. Williams has won 37 titles and 13 Grand Slams,
including last year’s Australian Open. Williams is not defending
her title due to a foot injury.
”Um, if I deserve to be No. 1?” she asked herself with the
biggest smile yet. ”Again, I don’t feel any pressure to be No. 1.
I really enjoy myself. I think I’ve had a great year and a great
tournament so far.”
Then, she invited ”more interesting questions” on the theme
of: Get to know Caroline.
She is single at the moment but predicts her future husband
could be an athlete. He must be honest and understand the demands
of her profession.
”Sometimes the media is too good-looking here, so I can’t
really focus on what I’m supposed to say,” she joked, drawing
hearty laughter from the middle-aged contingent slumped in
Her mother keeps a Caroline scrapbook, which is getting hard to
She ”is cutting out quite a few things,” Wozniacki said. ”But
I think there are so many articles now.”
She always travels with her father, who also is her coach, and
likes it when her mother comes along, as she has to Melbourne.
”It’s always nice to have her around. She can cook. It’s nice
to have some home-cooked food sometimes,” said Wozniacki, adding
that she likes to bake but limits the desserts to keep fit.
She hasn’t played the piano since she was 13 but wants to start
”I’m going to ask my agent every time I get to a tournament to
have a keyboard in my room,” she said in a mock rock star moment.
”That would be good.”
A few thoughts on tackling global warming: Use electric cars,
take buses, trains and short showers. ”I’m flying quite a bit, so
that doesn’t really help,” she said, laughing.
Other topics included her hopes that Liverpool wins more matches
in England’s Premier League. She also offered up suggestions for
questions to ask, or not to ask, other players.
For example: Do not ask No. 5 Andy Murray if he thinks he will
win a Grand Slam this year. The 23-year-old Scot, who is trying to
become the first Brit to win a major since 1936, is bound to be
tired of that one.
”I know he likes PlayStation, so I’d probably ask him a few
questions about that,” she said.
She revealed that Danish reporters had leaked to her that other
media members wanted to get to know her better, and had been saying
”that my press conferences were kind of boring.” So, she decided
it was time for a little class in Interviewing 101.
”I know that you guys have to write about something,”
Wozniacki said. ”I think it’s time to move on and ask some other
At the end of the day, Wozniacki tweeted that she was proud of
”Had a fun press conference after my match! Thanks for all the
nice replies and glad you liked it,” she wrote, and signed off
with a wink.