Monday, January 24, 2022

Jobs going at Tennis Australia

After the farce of the Djokovic saga, Tennis Australia has learnt nothing about media management. Does it even have a media team?

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai accused a government person of sexual assault. She kind of then went missing, but presented by the Chinese government at times as being out and about. No doubt the Chinese government doesn't want her to speak about such matters.




A couple of people turned up at the Australian Open tennis wearing tee shirts with the slogan "Where is Peng Shuai?", including a political candidate Max Mok.

Tennis Australia deemed their tee shirt slogans political and not acceptable and eventually called the police to have them evicted and they were. 

Australia's leading talk back and current affairs radio broadcaster Virginia Trioli picked up the leader Max Mok for an interview the next morning.

He readily admitted he was hoping his tee shirt was not acceptable and he would be kicked out and so be able to get publicity for the missing Peng Shuai. I would not say Trioli was played, she is too smart for that, but the media generally certainly has spoken. He and the concern about Peng Shuai is in overdrive. 

All media subsequently reported the matter. Funds have been raised for the production of 1,000 tee shirts with the same slogan, to be worn by tennis spectators I think on Friday. 

I ask you, why didn't Tennis Australia just 'not see' the two 'offensive' tee shirts. It played right into the hands of Max Mok and now there is public uproar and controversy. Ultimately I think the Australian Open is beholden to China. 

And did I mention that a one third sponsor of the Australian Open is the Chinese government owned Luzhou Laojiao distillery company? 

I am being deafened by the noise of quacking ducks.

17 comments:

  1. I expect Tennis Australia is hoping the Nadal will win and create a feelgood headline story as at the moment they just can't get anything right.

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    1. Marie, I am sure they do and I think most of us here wish for that, although I quite like the Greek bloke Stefanos Tsp... Imagine the ruckus if all this nonsense went on at Wimbledon. You would have heard about the cheering complaints too I expect.

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  2. Max Mok sounds like a made-up name - perhaps a super-villain in a Superman film. Change the spelling and Max Mock could be a command to spark widespread ridicule.

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  3. Will people be replaced, or will they sit around feeling picked on?

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    1. TP the head of Tennis Australia said he is not resigning and that he has the board's support. Ha, if he was a politician, that would mean he would be about to resign.

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  4. I think that the bottom line here is not Max Mok. It is not his shirt. It is China's ruthless crushing of any vocal citizen and the fact that the world will simply turn a blind eye to that and continue to make deals with them.

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    1. You are quite correct Debby. I suppose I was once almost a supporter of China, but not now. It is a bully country, bribing lesser countries with gifts for UN votes and in this case ignoring an alleged crime. They have been proved now to no friend to Australia.

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  5. I really couldn't see why Tennis Australia had banned the t-shirts until I read your penultimate paragraph. Money talks very, very loudly doesn't it?

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    1. EC, I don't take much notice of time comments are made but were you really up before 4am? Indeed money does talk. I just heard some tv news headlines and it seems TA might back down.

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    2. Sadly yes. I am often up very early at the moment. Very, very early.

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  6. I have a sneaking unease that China may be deliberately baiting us and other countries. Niggle, niggle, until someone blows up and fights back and then they get the war they've been wanting. I hope it isn't so, but...
    Feel free to delete this if you think it might cause an uproar.

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    1. River, I am glad you said that and I agree. While I don't think they want a war with a western country, they are being very provocative. Flexing muscle?

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  7. You say anything against China at your peril. I have to go... someone's knocking on my door!

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    1. Cro, I expect an application for a visa for me to visit China might be unsuccessful. I don't care now.

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  8. It is appalling that the government is kowtowing to the Chinese and a sports event has to be used to raise awareness. Granted, it's her sport, but even so.

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    1. Caro, things have changed as I have just heard. I agree with you, appalling.

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