ESPN needs a fact-checker
The stats/info guys at ESPN have not had a good Wimbledon so far.
It started innocently enough, with the misspelling of Angela Haynes' name as "Hayes" in a graphic promoting the match with Serena, which Chris Fowler dutifully read verbatim (apparently not knowing her name himself). This could have been a simple typo, or it could have been sloppiness on the part of the research staff. Normally, you would expect it was the former. However, in subsequent events:
During an interview with Clijsters, Fowler made the comment that "not too many" of the top women played the grasscourt warmup events. A cursory glance at the draws showed 7 of the top 10 did. Apparently "not too many" means the top Americans didn't.
During a Roddick match, a graphic listing the gaps between first and second slam singles titles for some prominent men had the gap for Connors at 4 years. (It was 4 years between the '74 Australian and '74 Wimbledon?) Amazingly, this was not corrected by Patrick McEnroe. Not surprisingly, it wasn't caught by Dick Enberg, whose contribution to the telecasts consists of being the "books on tape" version of the media guides.
Had a double-dip on Friday. First, during the Dementieva/Washington match, Fowler stated that Washington was from Houston. When Fernandez later compared Washington's game to Rubin's, Fowler chimed in with "speaking of players from Houston". ??? Rubin's lived in Louisiana her whole life. (I'm surprised Mary Joe concurred with Fowler's mistake.)
Then, during an interview with Myskina, Fowler said her opponent (Jankovic) was 16 years old! Surprised the hell out of Anastasia.
Did I miss any? Were there any similar flubs in international telecasts? Might as well have fun with this thread.