Caroline Wozniacki has a personality and she wants you to know about it.
Bored with hearing the same questions and giving the same answers at her post-match press conferences (and miffed by recent criticisms of her persona), the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player decided to try something “a bit different, a bit more fun” after Friday’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over 29th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova.
The 20-year-old Dane opened the session with a 400-word monologue, offering preemptive responses to a line of inquiry she’s become thoroughly intimate with — how she felt out there, her thoughts on advancing to the next round, what she needs to do to win the tournament, whether she deserves to be No. 1, etc. — and opened it to the floor with a final plea for “questions that are a little more interesting.”
Wozniacki proceeded to hold court on everything from baking to the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager to global warming (“When you take a shower, don’t stay there for half an hour. Two minutes is enough. Even the girls.”).
Q. How did you go at the cricket yesterday?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, actually, that was a lot of fun. I met two of the guys there, Finch and Peter Siddle. They’re really great guys. They learned me how to throw and how to hit the ball, so that was quite fun.
Q. Maybe you could play baseball and then the Americans would be happy.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Maybe. You know, maybe I should think about that for next time I change sports.
Q. Do you have any thoughts perhaps on the appointment of Kenny Daglish at Liverpool?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I’m hoping that that will give some positive energy into the guys, into the lads. I’m hoping things will turning and they’ll start winning more matches. It’s tough to be a supporter and see them having a hard time. But it’s a sport, and I’m sure it will turn sooner or later.
Q. How should we solve global warming?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Global warming? I’m flying quite a bit, so that doesn’t really help (laughter).
Uhm, go green. Make cars that don’t use so much gas. Make them electric. That would already help. Use the buses, the trains, instead of taking the car. You know, just a few things. When you take a shower, don’t stay there for half an hour. Two minutes is enough. Even the girls.
Q. When did you decide to do the press conference like this?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Just now, because I thought it’s a bit different, a bit more fun.
Q. Have you taken notes? Did you write your notes down?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yes, I took a few. I have many more questions, but I didn’t want to bore all of you with them all the time.
Q. We can ask you personal questions from now on, all the way through the tournament?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, if you feel like it. I’m not sure if I’m going to answer anything, if the answer is going to be too personal.
Q. When are you going to get married and how many kids are you going to have?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: First I have to find a guy.
Q. What do you expect in a guy?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: What do I expect? Honesty. Understanding what I’m doing. Maybe a sports person himself.
Q. You’re not going to find it in here.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: You know, sometimes the media is too good looking here, so I can’t really focus on what I’m supposed to say (laughter).
Several veteran media members celebrated Wozniacki’s break from the ritualistic, antiseptic monotony that is the post-match presser. BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alastair Eykyn characterized it as a win for her brand.
“Brilliance from Wozniacki in press conf turning on the charm,” Eykyn tweeted. “Just what she needed to do to get more people on her side. Great initiative.” SI.com’s Richard Deitsch called it an “alltime great press conference,” while the Los Angeles Times‘ Diane Pucin remarked that, “Wozniacki’s press performance today has helped her, and the game, more than any of her tennis shots.”
Others were less impressed, seeing it more as a passive-aggressive response to legitimate criticism. “I’d like to go into Caro’s presser so she can glare at me while I try to ask ‘more interesting questions’ but have to watch matches,” FOXSports.com’s Matt Cronin tweeted.
What did you think of Wozniacki’s press conference?