French tennis star Alize Cornet has delivered the 'response of the year' during a live interview after being told there were local reports the French Open would be postponed.
The lively French star won her match against Elise Mertens at the Charleston Open 7-5, 6-3 and joined Ash Barty to reach the Round of 16 on the American clay-court tournament.
Cornet was her joyous self after the match and featured on Tennis Channel to talk about her how she was feeling heading into the next round.
But then interviewer Steve Weismann asked how she felt about reports the French Open is set to be delayed for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.
Cornet, maybe forgetting she was live on Tennis Channel, provided one of the 'responses of the year' when letting out her exasperation.
"It stays between us, but our sports minister is a disaster," a shocked looking Cornet told the Tennis Channel.
"Sorry I have nothing against her, but she takes bad decisions for the sport. It's like she doesn't care.
"I know it comes from the government, it might also come from the tournament because I heard they might have more people if they postpone for one week.
"But still I think it is a pretty selfish decision, to be honest, because the calendar is going to suffer from this postponement."
Fans laud Cornet's honest response
Unfortunately, the comments didn't stay between Weismann and Cornet.
Many fans agreed with Cornet's comments about the French Open and the disappointment with the clay court season already underway.
While other tennis fans couldn't help share a laugh at Cornet's response, considering her first line was: "It stays between us."
Aussie tennis coach Darren Cahill labelled the line the "response of the year", while the interviewer joked "I still haven't told anyone".
Cornet also realised her words and joined in on the fun.
response of the year... well done 👍😃
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) April 8, 2021
I still haven’t told anyone 😆
— Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) April 7, 2021
Alize Cornet not happy to be told of the reported postponement of Roland Garros on Tennis Channel.
(I also love that she says “it stays between us” during a live television interview.) pic.twitter.com/IKkS96VQJo
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) April 7, 2021
"Our sports minister is a disaster".
Alizé Cornet (who got a big win today in Charleston) blames the government for postponing Roland Garros. https://t.co/YEZzzXjOyo
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) April 7, 2021
The tennis world could be sent into disarray after reports the French Open will be delayed, which could see a domino effect impact the ATP and WTA schedule.
Roland Garros is set to be postponed by a week, starting on May 30 instead of May 23, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Wednesday.
Cornet is often outspoken on issues after an unreserved apology to Australians after complaining about the country’s strict quarantine conditions before the Australian Open.
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