Michael Burgess is the football and rugby league writer for the Herald on Sunday.

Caroline Wozniacki yet to 'connect' with Johnson

Caroline Wozniacki has yet to 'connect' with Shaun Johnson online, but joked that the Warriors halfback would have to ask her personally to find out why.

As one might have expected, yesterday there was a sequel to the Johnson-Wozniacki 'match' at the ASB Classic.

Johnson posed as a reporter in Wozniacki's post match press conference on Wednesday night, and at the end of a light hearted exchange, earnestly asked the former World No1 - "on behalf of all New Zealand males" if she would follow him on Instagram.

Wozniacki agreed she would, but yesterday Johnson joked that his invitation was yet to be accepted.

"No she's not [following me]," said Johnson, speaking after a charity tennis match last night. "So can you guys ask her in the next press conference? Say Shaun was just in your seat and still hasn't received a following, so just ask her."

A few hours later Wozniacki arrived for her media call, after dispatching Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1 6-0 in the quarter final and was happy to play along with the storyline.

"So he's stalking my Instagram now, that's good to know!" joked the Dane.

"I don't know, he should ask me himself."

During his own press conference, Johnson admitted he was wary of the reaction to his interaction with Wozniacki, especially in light of the Chris Gayle affair across the Tasman.

"I guess with everything that's going on at the moment, with what's happened in Oz with the cricket, I got a few messages saying why is he getting away with it?" said Johnson.

"But you've got to give her credit really, she was easy going, played along with it and I guess it says a lot about who she is."

He remained impressed with the way Wozniacki - who is one of the highest earning sportspeople in the world and is the subject of intense global media scrutiny - had the ability to not take things too seriously.

"That was cool, unbelievable," said Johnson. "I got asked if I wanted to come in and sit in the room and I thought `well, let's see what she's like'.

I pulled up a seat and yeah, she seemed to be pretty cool. Pretty easy going, which is awesome."

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