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Why didn't the USA Network cover 1 point of Chakvetadze's historic upset of Myskina?

I still can't believe the USA Network didn't show 1 point of this match live when they had ample opportunities to do so. Do we really need to see Nick's Pick's and Andre Agassi's 10 minute warmup when one of the biggest upsets in grand slam history is taking place with Anna Chakvetadze ranked #175 upset 4 ranked Anastasia Myskina in straight sets? This was bush league coverage at it's worst from the USA Newtwork. I'm not asking to see a half hour of this match although that would have been nice. But they certainly could have spared 5 or ten minutes to cover this match. But maybe since Tracy Austin doesn't know who Anna Chakvetadze is or how to pronounce her name they didn't want to embarrass her by covering the match. And then after the match and not showing the second set scores Al Trautwig says they have the first major upset of the U.S. Open. I think I'm going to see highlights of the upset but instead the USA Newtwork only showes us match point!

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Someone sounds bitter here!

Seriously...This is not the first time I heard US coverage sucks...I hear Americans complain about it all the time...I guess they just don't care about non-Americans or something like that...I'm sure that if Anna was American they would have showed the entire match...

But I also think that has something to do with the viewers...I can't believe they wouldn't show the non-Americans more often if that would get them more viewers...The true tennis fans, of whom we got so many here, may want to see matches like this...But I think the majority of the people over there just rather watches Agassi's warmup and Nick's Picks than "just" two Russians...It's a matter of supply and demand...

This is just my opinion of course...I'm not American and I don't live in America so I'm purely speculating right now...
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We got the Nastya game on Eurosport. Made a nice change from court 11. American's would also complain if they didn't get the Arthur Ashe court. I'm sure you'd prefer to watch Juju and Venus. You'll probably get highlights of the Anna/Nastya game later.

In America do they not have interactive tv? In the UK, during Wimbledon you press the interactive button and you can choose between 5 courts. Thought they'd have something similar in the states.
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I'm so jealous of you guys and your interactive telvision coverage.

And yes Frank, some Americans are known to complain about our television coverage. But I only complain when it's warranted. And I don't like having Agassi and Roddick shoved down our throats at every turn because I want to watch a broad array of tennis matches and not just those played by top Americans.

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I wish we had interactive tv here...

We do have a system like that with football but it's very expensive and the Champions League matches of my favourite team are covered by Dutch television anyway...

Cat, I agree with you...Luckily we don't have that problem here...I guess it's also an advantage there are no Dutch players in the tournament anymore...They've got plenty of time to show something of every match...
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Well Myskina is not American and her name is not Maria

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Really.. if that was anybody either than Agassi or Roddick on Ashe, i'm sure that they would have showed us the end of it.
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I'm so jealous of you guys and your interactive telvision coverage.

And yes Frank, some Americans are known to complain about our television coverage. But I only complain when it's warranted. And I don't like having Agassi and Roddick shoved down our throats at every turn because I want to watch a broad array of tennis matches and not just those played by top Americans.
Do watch Roddick's second round match, though
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While I'm surprised they did not show any of this match, is this upset really historic?
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Thanks Becca. Agassi was in his 10 minute warmup when Chakvetadze's huge upset of Myskina was taking place. I would think they could leave Agassi's warmup for 5 minutes to cover one of the biggest upsets in grand slam history. But I guess I'm asking for too much.

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You're wrong they did show one point, the match point. That's obviously enough to summarize the match. They should show all the matches like this, its much faster and leaves out all those other boring points.

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Ofcourse not it is only historic when it's a Williams.


Ok that's not what I meant at all. However in this case, if venus had lost it would be historic cause it would be the first time in her US Open History that she had not made the semis. It's not like Myskina was defending champion, or the number one seed, so again I don't see how wher losing is historic. If I am missing something and it is infact historic then by all means please share it.
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USA's tennis coverage is the best!!!!!! 100 times better than ESPN.

I'm sure there are many,including me,who could care less about watching Myskina. USA made the right call not showing her match.
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They showed match point, although they should have shown more.

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We got the Nastya game on Eurosport. Made a nice change from court 11. American's would also complain if they didn't get the Arthur Ashe court. I'm sure you'd prefer to watch Juju and Venus. You'll probably get highlights of the Anna/Nastya game later.

In America do they not have interactive tv? In the UK, during Wimbledon you press the interactive button and you can choose between 5 courts. Thought they'd have something similar in the states.
nope!

they had interactive tv for the first 2 days of the olympics, but when i want to look for it the third day it was gone

yeah the coverage sucks here. what can you do?

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