I thought I would give some love to Mary. She seems to be a very dividing figure on this board! it is from the Toronto Star (April 4 2005) ()c/p)
I know it doesn't inclue references to WTA but it is still fun. Enjoy!
Tennis analyst Carillo serves some aces
She's one of TV's best in the booth
CHRIS ZELKOVICH TORONTO STAR APRIL 5 2005
Of all the professional talkers hired by all those networks to act as sports analysts, very few actually do much in the way of analysis.
And considering that television is supposedly about entertainment, even fewer manage to do any entertaining.
Usually all you get is information that Jones came to play, Team A looks strong tonight and insights that basically amount to saying that the side with the most points will probably win.
Then there are the standouts, like tennis analyst Mary Carillo, who proved once again yesterday that she ranks with golf guy Johnny Miller as the best in the TV game.
Carillo not only tells viewers what they can't see, and not much more than that, she actually enhances the broadcast with both insight and humour.
Instead of stating the obvious, as too many do, Carillo speaks generally only when she has something to say. Several times during yesterday's NASDAQ Open men's final, Carillo was silent as the points piled up.
Though saying nothing may not seem like a talent, to viewers who would rather hear the smack of ball against racquet instead of platitudes it's a rare blessing.
Of course, it's what Carillo says that sets her apart.
With young Spanish hotshot Rafael Nadal chasing top seed Roger Federer all over the court, she noted that the favourite was "missing from everywhere. It's hard to make Roger Federer look like that."
But although she was obviously impressed with the flamboyant Spaniard, she admitted that Federer was contributing to Nadal's early success.
"It's hard enough playing the tough teenaged lefty without having to get out of your own way," she said.
She told a great story about how Nadal played a match with a seriously sore ankle because he had already defaulted twice to his opponent. After beating him, Nadal pulled out of the tournament.
But Carillo's real strength is her sense of humour, which tends to cut through the meaningless hype to which we've sadly become accustomed.
When a frustrated Federer tossed his racquet, she joked, "The winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, no less." As Nadal faltered down the stretch, announcer Bill Macatee offered that Nadal needed to turn things around, prompting Carillo to reply, "It seems what Rafael Nadal needs right now is a nap."
Carillo might have been a bit enamoured of Nadal at times, but who could blame her? Here was a guy who was all fire and fist pumps in stark contrast to Federer, an entertainer in a world of automatons.
Maybe she liked him so much because he's a lot like her.