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Really enjoying the ITV coverage this year!!!

When it was announced that ITV would be covering Roland Garros, I was a bit dubious and when it was further announced that it would be fronted by John Inverdale I was dreading it even more.

But it's been a nice surprise - way more hours per day than I was expecting, stellar support commentating and guest appearances by Jim Courier, Fabrice Santoro and Amelie Mauresmo and even John Inverdale is much better than he is on those Wimbledon highlights programmes, it seems like he has actually a bit more interested in the tennis than just making stupid remarks..although I am sure he is relieved Petra Cetkovska lost, because he really struggled badly with her name!
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Re: Really enjoying the ITV coverage this year!!!

Yeah it's been generally good. Courier and Amelie are keen and enthusiastic, Santoro is quite good even though he often sounds sleepy. Much better than the BBC's Wimbledon coverage which is smugness overload.

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I hate John Inverdale
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He's been covering tennis for God knows how many years, yet he still refers to matches as games. Forgivable for somebody who isn't interested in tennis, but a so called professional sports broadcaster with years of experience?
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He's been covering tennis for God knows how many years, yet he still refers to matches as games.
Yes! This winds me right up.

Plus his pronunciation of players' names is appalling. Although he's not the only culprit. Greg Rusedski is probably the worst. And I can't understand why Mats Wilander can't pronounce the 'w' in Radwanska properly.

But aside from Inverdale I think ITV's coverage has been pretty good. Less shambolic than Eurosport and they've got some good commentators including Sam Smith.

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Re: Really enjoying the ITV coverage this year!!!

it's been pretty good, the only downside is of course, the John Inverdale. I just don't get it. I mean, how does he keep getting picked to present coverage of a sport he knows next to nothing about? I hope this means he won't be part of BBC's Wimbledon coverage now ITV have taken him under their wing

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Re: Really enjoying the ITV coverage this year!!!

I am pleasantly surprised as well. In fact, on Sunday they showed Tsonga's match on ITV 1! BBC 1 would never show French Open match on the 1st day. JiM Courier does an absolute excellent job as a commentator. Amelie Mauresmo always speaks really well even in her 2nd language.

I also usually can't stand John Inverdale but he seems to be doing a really good job. I am very surprised that I find myself saying this
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Can you watch it live on itvPlayer? Does itv player even have a live function?

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They need red button. John is way more tolerable than at Wimbledon. Although have you not noticed the constant, mindless babble during rallies? Also is Amelie there every day?

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Re: Really enjoying the ITV coverage this year!!!

At least there's no Barry Cowan.
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