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.
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.