You may remember Nicolas Mahut as the guy who lost the longest tennis match in the history of mankind at Wimbledon a few years ago.  This year he lost in the first round of the French Open and was the victim of a very different, but equally as peculiar, set of circumstances.

In the post-match press conference, Mahut was told “congratulations” by a reporter after his defeat to Mikhail Kukushkin.  It only went downhill from there.  Watch the cringeworthy video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c494h5mt_E

The transcript in print is equally as hilarious:

https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/470969634427240448/

So many questions about this…

A) How do you go into a post-match press conference as a reporter having not watched said match or verified its result?

B) Who did the reporter talk to that told him the wrong result?  Was that person also a terrible sports reporter or was this an act of sabotage?

C) How do you walk back into a press conference after being labeled as the guy who told an athlete congratulations after losing a match?

D) What does it say about English language sports reporting as a whole across the world that Mahut then insisted to take questions only in French?

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