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^^Yes! I like Rafa, but damn would they show every minute of Federer and Nadal. They don't even show all of Murray or Djokovic's matches at majors, but they will force you to watch every minute of a Roger or Rafa romp on ESPN.

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Tennis channel is kind of worse, right now they are showing Janowicz-Devvarman
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^^Yes! I like Rafa, but damn would they show every minute of Federer and Nadal. They don't even show all of Murray or Djokovic's matches at majors, but they will force you to watch every minute of a Roger or Rafa romp on ESPN.
^i don't have a problem with them showing full coverage of the top 3 players on either tour, that actually makes some sense especially cuz at the end if the day it's a business and people generally tune in for the big names.

My issue is when you have Ryan Harrison playing a nobody on one court and someone like Kerber playing Radwanska on another court and they opt to show the American. I would even be okay if they showed both, start off w.the women and its likely when that match is over the men will still be playing.

I do agree with u that if Nadal/Fed/Djoko is playing an early round and its not the least bit competitive then it's not necessary to show the entire match.

ESPN used to be really bad, but through the years they've gotten a little better...and it seems that the women finally are getting equal coverage, or at least more than they used to get.


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I noticed that too! It's like that flipped and reversed roles...lol

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I was shocked at the amount of WTA tennis that was shown in the USA for an early round 1 tournament. Maybe we just caught a lucky break. I hope its more than that. ESPN and the Tennis Channel wouldn't put the WTA on TV, if they weren't drawing viewers. Judging by the TV coverage yesterday, nobody had a problem with play quality or storylines on the women's side of the draw.

I thought the the Serena injury really added a lot to the drama for what was going to be a blowout round 1 match. It was great TV. Credit Serena for milking the injury for all that it was worth.

That's why I like Serena. She is the GOAT, and she understands the important value of getting a good TV rating!
I think it's my original theory about the lack of American men in the draw.

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^i don't have a problem with them showing full coverage of the top 3 players on either tour, that actually makes some sense especially cuz at the end if the day it's a business and people generally tune in for the big names.

My issue is when you have Ryan Harrison playing a nobody on one court and someone like Kerber playing Radwanska on another court and they opt to show the American. I would even be okay if they showed both, start off w.the women and its likely when that match is over the men will still be playing.

I do agree with u that if Nadal/Fed/Djoko is playing an early round and its not the least bit competitive then it's not necessary to show the entire match.

ESPN used to be really bad, but through the years they've gotten a little better...and it seems that the women finally are getting equal coverage, or at least more than they used to get.




I noticed that too! It's like that flipped and reversed roles...lol


I think it's my original theory about the lack of American men in the draw.
Its still bad. There is open rooting for the American players and tonight, after 2 hours of coverage, with the exception of Li Na, you'd never know there was anyone except an American who has played all day.

They just spent 20 minutes showing some nobody American male whose name begins with an S who no one has never heard of, who after losing the first set 6-0 to Ferrer wins a couple of games in the second set and all of the sudden deserves prime time coverage. And who gives a flying f*** about Brian Baker?

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after the Madison match they've been showing Stosur vs. Jie Zheng. In years past I'm not sure we would have seen this match until someone had match point. Their coverage isnt perfect but like others have said I have noticed a difference.

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Yes, I watched that fantastic game. Thank you The Tennis Channel!

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Its still bad. There is open rooting for the American players and tonight, after 2 hours of coverage, with the exception of Li Na, you'd never know there was anyone except an American who has played all day.

They just spent 20 minutes showing some nobody American male whose name begins with an S who no one has never heard of, who after losing the first set 6-0 to Ferrer wins a couple of games in the second set and all of the sudden deserves prime time coverage. And who gives a flying f*** about Brian Baker?
Be glad that the WTA gets far more coverage than it has ever deserved.
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They are showing alot more women's tennis. Almost the whole Zheng-Stosur match and now ivanovic.

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It's a bit ironic that there are so many threads popping up about the quality and excitement of women's tennis while ESPN seems to be, for the first time ever, heavily favoring covering the women. I think ESPN has got it's finger on the pulse and in these early rounds all the major 'story lines' are all on the women's side. I'm sure the second week we will be back to normal- but I'm kind of enjoying this to be honest (especially w. no Nadal).

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It's a bit ironic that there are so many threads popping up about the quality and excitement of women's tennis while ESPN seems to be, for the first time ever, heavily favoring covering the women. I think ESPN has got it's finger on the pulse and in these early rounds all the major 'story lines' are all on the women's side. I'm sure the second week we will be back to normal- but I'm kind of enjoying this to be honest (especially w. no Nadal).

This the least I've ever seen of Patric McEnroe...loli
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I felt like this year the coverage was perfect. A nice mix of the top women and too men just as it should be.

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I felt like this year the coverage was perfect. A nice mix of the top women and too men just as it should be.
I agree, but it was forced on ESPN. No Roddick, no Isner, no Blake. They lucked out with the American women which they hyped to the hilt. If not for that, they would have been a very unhappy network.

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