Tennis first, or complaining? Mmmm. . how about I combine the two and ask “Why the HELL did Wimbledon put Amelie Mauresmo on COURT 2 today?” Talk about insulting. She is the defending champion! I was surprised that 1. ESPN showed only the last point of her match and 2. none of the commentators explained why she had been relegated to the “graveyard” court. . .which leads me to:
What the HELL is going on at ESPN? Just as I thought the station was getting things right – showing most of Henman’s edge-of-your-seat matches and getting Darren Cahill to say some interesting things – it lets Chris Fowler go on and mess it all up. What was that “rate your top three best-looking women players” thing that he pulled with James Blake? So embarrassing and crass – the least they could have done was ask a woman for her opinion on the men. Yucky. And all that talk about how pretty Maria S. is and how “penetrating” Severine Bremond’s eyes are – I mean, yeah, they take sexy photos and all that, but do we really need to hear Dick Enberg waxing poetic about the looks of women who are old enough to be his (grand)daughters? Oh my, indeed.
Sue Mott does not say anything interesting. She’s like Simon Cowell – her rudeness and accent must equate to intelligence for some Americans. Brad Gilbert was right to get a little pissed off at her disparaging remarks towards Tim Henman. BG knows his shit and she’s just full of it. Blech. Brad Gilbert is the opposite of Ms. Mott – a smart and insightful guy in a bumbling American package.
So I sound a little grumpy, well, it’s a nice luxury to be grumpy when I’m watching hours of HD tennis coverage on my TIVO. Wimbledon is shaping up to be really exciting – the matches that I’ve seen are pretty high-quality and there’s bound to be some really cool match-ups in the first weekend. Tomorrow brings us Fed-Safin – I’m licking my chops over that one.