first_imgKonta consternation It may have been men’s quarter‑finals day but the hot topic was still Johanna Konta. The British No 1 had claimed she was patronised by a journalist following her quarter-final defeat by Barbora Strycova and their press conference exchange went viral. The next day it appeared there were roughly two camps on the affair. The first were those who said the questioning was harsh but fair, that Konta has crumbled in the past and is reluctant to admit to it or explain why. The second were those who felt that, while her game may not be perfect and her attitude towards the media consistently stony, the questions – which suggested she “could have done better” and might “have to have a look at herself” – were not appropriate. Roger Federer pushed by Kei Nishikori before completing Wimbledon century Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Tennis … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Roughly speaking, athletes and fellow pros appeared to be of the latter position. Marion Bartoli gave an extensive interview on the topic and suggested Konta had been “bullied”. Meanwhile, at a press conference to tee up the Open, Rory McIlroy chipped in to agree Konta had been patronised and that “media expectations often exceed players’”. Finally, when approached by the Diary while dashing to the referees’ office, Tim Henman suggested the entire line of questioning was redundant. “When you give 100% on the court, how can you be expected to give any more?” he said. So that’s where we are at the end of day two. It is anticipated that an antagonistic relationship between the media and the sportsmen and women they report on may continue for a while.Hats off to Navratilova Giving no hoots this Wimbledon is Martina Navratilova. During the invitational doubles on Tuesday eagle-eyed officials spotted she was wearing a baseball cap bearing the legend “impeach” and was told to take it off. Political messages are banned at Wimbledon. “Sorry about that‚” Martina said, “I forgot I had it on.” Despite this apology, some observers wondered whether this longstanding and vocal opponent of Donald Trump might have accidentally worn the cap on purpose. Their suspicions appear to have been confirmed after Martina tweeted a news report of the incident with the caption: “Oops. Not really:)”Great entertweenersNovak Djokovic’s straight-sets cruise past David Goffin in the quarter-finals did at least create one memorable moment, when first the Belgian then the Serb played the ball between their legs. This was the first instance of consecutive tweeners in Wimbledon history. Well, we say that, but we’re still waiting for the stats guys to firm that up, so maybe fans of self-indulgent tennis should not get too carried away. Read more Martina Navratilova Share on Facebookcenter_img Wimbledon features Share on Twitter Johanna Konta Share on Pinterest Wimbledon 2019 Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more