So Caroline Wozniacki lost in the first round at the French Open.
Perfectly understandable, if you ask me.
It can be a tad difficult to focus after being dumped by your fiancee, after all, even a former world No.1. And dumped by phone, no less.
Yes, word slipped out Wednesday at Roland Garros that golfer Rory McIlroy gave Wozniacki the big heave-ho in a three-minute phone call, according to the Times of London. Not in person. Not face to face. By phone.
I hate to borrow Keyshawn Johnson’s catchphrase but … c’mon man! That’s not how a man does things, dude.
Woznicki, who was upset by Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, didn`t want to get into specifics about the breakup but did address it with a statement before her post-match presser.
“What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me,” she said. “You know, I just have to move on.”
Good for her.
Sure, it’s tough for two globe-trotting professional athletes to arrange a face-to-face, especially if one of them knows a break-up will be the first speaking point. But there must have been a better way for McIlroy to handle the situation.
Man up, get it done and, as Woz says, move on. Yeah, it can be painful but that`s life.
Before you think I’m being unfair to McIlroy, know this — I`m a fan of the kid. Hey, he`s Irish (note I said Irish, not Northern Irish; he should play for Ireland at the Rio Olympics, not the U.K.), which is enough to get my backing.
But there`s no way I can condone him not having the stones to break up with someone in person, if that is in fact how it went down.
And if Wozniacki needs a hug, I`m here for her. I`ll do that in person, too.