Berdych loses at Wimbledon, reporter thinks he won, awkwardness ensues

Tomas Berdych had a bad day Monday, and it only got worse when he went in for his post-loss interview.

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It’s not easy to cover a major tennis tournament. With matches going on simultaneously at multiple different courts, it’s impossible to witness all the action live. That makes it all the more important to be certain you’ve double-checked a scoreline before interviewing a player.

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych lost Monday at Wimbledon — and in rough fashion too, a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 loss to No. 12 Gilles Simon — but one reporter created an awkward moment at the post-match press conference by questioning the Czech as though he had won the match.

From the transcript:

MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q: How do you feel after that match? Do you feel in good shape going into the quarterfinals?

BERDYCH: Sorry? Excuse me?

Q: Do you feel your form is good going into the quarterfinals?

MODERATOR: He lost. He’s obviously got a lot of matches.


BERDYCH: Does he know right? Or is he trying to make fun of me?

Q: No. Sorry, sorry.


It’s easy to understand why one would assume Berdych, a former finalist at Wimbledon who was favored in the match, would emerge victorious, but that’s a tough mistake to make at a time when a player is already frustrated.

If this sounds familiar, the same thing happened to Nicolas Mahut at the 2014 French Open.