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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Dec 10th, 2006, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

Does he best represent what journalistic tennis should be?

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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

What I like about Cronin is that he interviewed Linetskaya and her dad.
I want him to get in touch with Linetskaya again.
I really don't care how he views the top 5. They will all sort themselves out on the court.

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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

a good question.

Beggars can't be choosers. Tennis has a severe shortage of journalists who are willing to cover controversial issues in a serious, professional way, because the market for such coverage is simply too small.

Cronin is a guy who obviously has an affinity for trash and sleaze (witness his "Jennifer Capriati is dating a porn star" coverage among others). He doesn't strike me as very ethical or professional. But he does actually research and dig into controversial issues in a semi-serious way, which imo puts him a step up above mere grand-standers like Carillo, Collins, and Wertheim.
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

He's still loads better than Peter Bodo... He's OK... I agree with vogus; beggars can't be choosers...
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

Compared to other tennis journalists, I'd put him at about average. He's certainly better than Carillo/Wertheim, he's one of the few people posting articles on the WTA roadmap, for example. But there are times when he sucumbs to the desire for scandal over serious journalism - the Capriati/porn star thing - and when he lets his dislike for certain players become obvious.
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

re: Beggars can't be choosers.

I used to read Bodo, Wertheim and Cronin as late as this summer. However, I stopped because it became painfully obvious that their agenda to attract readers to their gossip columns and to create fictitious and outrageous comments to stir reader animosity.

The sexist and personal comments about players in the WTA and their families crossed a line of fairness and decency. None of it is journalistic in style, but rather tabloid at its roots.

I don't think the sport of tennis is any better as a result of Matthew Cronin, Bodo or Wertheim. In fact, I think they bastardize the sport of women's tennis in order to keep their cushy jobs.
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

Yes he is. I quite of often disagree with him (most of the time actually!) but I like his candor and usually enjoy reading his stuff.
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

He is the ONLY journalist I can think of who covers women's tennis.
Who else writes about Larry Scott's Roadmap?
Who else has a sit down interview with players like Petrova, Linetskaya, Chakvetadze?

Give me one name besides Cronin.

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He is the ONLY journalist I can think of who covers women's tennis.
Who else writes about Larry Scott's Roadmap?
Who else has a sit down interview with players like Petrova, Linetskaya, Chakvetadze?

Give me one name besides Cronin.
Richard Pagliaro and a few other writers at Tennis Week.
Various writers for "Tennis" magazine.
Jon Wertheim & S.L. Price for SI.
Tennis writers for the LA Times, the NY Times & a couple others in the US.
A few in the UK.
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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

Who is writing about the roadmap?
I know Dillman of the LA Times sometimes writes a tennis article, but she isn't interviewing Chakvetadze.
Who at Tennis magazine is interviewing non top 20 women tennis players?
Nobody at SI covers women's tennis. Wertheim was in NY during the AO.
Nobody at the NYTimes covers tennis.

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Who is writing about the roadmap?
I know Dillman of the LA Times sometimes writes a tennis article, but she isn't interviewing Chakvetadze.
Who at Tennis magazine is interviewing non top 20 women tennis players?
Nobody at SI covers women's tennis. Wertheim was in NY during the AO.
Nobody at the NYTimes covers tennis.
I don't understand what the huge importance of writing about the WTA Roadmap (its on the sonyericsson website), when he's been busy undermining the professional women of the WTA.

Did Matt just get some hair up his ass and decide to actually do something journalistic by covering the WTA vs USTA instead of character assassinating the players in the WTA?

Sorry, but Matt isn't all that special. Even souless Bopo won't touch it until the USTA makes an official statement....not just some rumor mongering that Matt decides to do when the WTA is on off-season.
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Nobody at SI covers women's tennis. Wertheim was in NY during the AO.
Dunno if you know this, but for decades mainstream journalists avoided the AO like the plague until after they built their new complex in the mid to late '80's. The press box/offices were of very low standards and its one reason why the AO was treated like a bastard step-child for so many years...and not just by real journalists, but by the players as well.
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You're missing the most important point. Nobody else covers tennis.
If you go to the LA Times, Dillman is covering other sports. Wertheim is an NBA writer most of the time.
There is no one else who covers women's tennis.

When you started this thread, I started to think - where do I go for WTA info?
The answer is nowhere! If Cronin isn't writing, there's nothing besides AP and Reuters(very bland press releases) , except at the majors.

I rely on pierce0333221 to post something he found on a Chinese site.

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Re: Do You Consider Matthew Cronin A Credible Tennis Journalist?

There's alot of good tennis writers covering tournaments. They do it when it's in that time frame of event. These writes aren't "scoop" or "rumour" types, they present in depth pieces of players. I've read very interesting articles on Hingis, Daniela, Alicia Molik, Amelie, Justine, Patty, Hewitt, Andy Murray, Davis Cup, Fed Cup etc..

But this is real reading not "hot of the week" type articles or writers.


There's Eleanor Preston, and she's on REUTERS.
Joel Drucker on CBS Sportsline and various publications.
Matt Brown

Stuart Bathgath covers WIMBLEDON every year from Scotland, and UK tennis.

Jerry Magree who's been around a long time and covers the Calfornia hardcourt seasons. Before the 1980's! He's based in San Diego.

James Beck is another good tennis writer that's covered the Family Circle Cup in Charleston from the early days and seen all the big and new players of the WTA of the different professional era generations. He's based in Charleston.

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If Cronin isn't writing, there's nothing besides AP and Reuters(very bland press releases) , except at the majors.
AP and Reuters have real journalists that report the facts. Cronin reports gossip and innuendo about the WTA. That's the difference.
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