So Caro beat Sevastova pretty easily this morning. Duh. But once again the real story (to the extent it's a story at all) is what happened in her presser. Caro pressers have become a bit of a primetime event here in the media center. They're standing room only, they're entertaining, and to her credit, the kid has been game for any question thrown at her.
The journalists have decided to join in on the fun and have taken Caro's advice to heart and are asking some interesting and fun questions. Of course, Caro decided to keep fucking with everyone.
Here, let me just quote the transcript:
Q. What is the most exciting thing you've ever done? If it's illegal, we promise not to tell anyone.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Uhm, embarrassing or just...
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Exciting. I've done a lot of exciting things, I think. The most exciting? There are some things I just can't tell because it wouldn't look good (smiling).
Well, the other day I went to the park and I saw this kangaroo lying there. If you've seen, I'm playing with the thing on my shin here. It was lying there. So I wanted to go over and help it out. As I went over to it, it just started to be aggressive and it actually cut me. So I think that's pretty exciting. But I learned my lesson and I just started running away.
Q. You went to help it out? You thought it was dying or something?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I thought I was going to be nice and try to help it out because it was just lying there. I thought maybe it needed some help. I wanted to take it up and maybe bring it somewhere.
Q. It was a baby?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: It wasn't big. It was a baby. I just wanted to help it out. I found out that I shouldn't do that.
Q. Scratch you pretty good?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, it scratched me pretty well. That's why I'm playing with this tape on my shin.
Q. Did you go to the doctor?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, I went to the doctor. They cleaned it and everything. They wanted to do a few stitches. I said, There's no way you're going to do stitches. I just told them to glue it together. I'm playing with the Steri Strips. It's looking fine. So everyone is happy.
Q. You've done a lot of boxing. Did you think about boxing the kangaroo as it took a swing at you?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I'm sure that was ready for some boxing. I like boxing.
It looked so cute. But once it started scratching me, I was a coward and I run away.
Q. It wasn't a park near your hotel in the city?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No, it was just a little bit outside of the city. We were just outside with some friends because we have a lot of friends here. They wanted to show me around the park. There was a kangaroo that didn't want to be nice to me.
All fun and whatever, but I had within five minutes of going into that presser, befriended a couple of Danish journalists who read Forty Deuce. So I sat with them in the presser and once she started going on about the kangaroo I could tell from their reaction that the whole thing was a crock. The problem was that the other journalists in the room didn't and I guess people ran with it. I don't know if they just tweeted it or if people actually wrote stories about it or what, but apparently it became a problem. Enough of a problem to where hours later, Caro actually came all the way back to the site and held a presser to clarify that the kangaroo story was a joke and since she told the same joke to the Danish media days earlier, she figured that everyone would know it was a joke.
All much ado about nothing, right? Right. It's a stupid story about a kangaroo. I mean, jeez. But I guess quite a few journos in the media room took exception and I heard everything from accusations that it was irresponsible, that no one should ever believe anything she ever says anymore, that she's taken this prank too far, and that people are here trying to do a job and she's interfering.
IT WAS A FUCKING STORY ABOUT A FUCKING KANGAROO. I'm sorry, but if you're a traditional journalist who actually prides themselves in reporting "news" why the fuck are you putting all your eggs into a kangaroo pouch? The kid is having some fun and yes, she probably should have said at the end of the presser "Uh...I was kidding about the kangaroo thing". But I can also see her point of view that she thought everyone would know it was a joke because she had told the story as a joke a few days earlier. Naive? Perhaps. But what the fuck? It's a kangaroo story! Why does anyone care?
I thought it was more hilarious that she got all embarassed when she had to admit that, despite the fact that she's sponsored by Audi, she didn't actually buy an Audi as her personal car.
Then again, I'm just a juvenile blogger who has no business being in the press room. What do I know.