They always have had better coverage of European tournaments - except where ARD/ZDF had the rights. I expect they are limited by their US suppliers and the clock in their US coverage.
However, it would be interesting to see their audience figures. They are tending to avoid Williams sister walk-over matches in the tournaments they do cover, perhaps because they think the bloodshed is putting the viewers off. Its also noticeable that their commentators are noting that the Williams winning is becoming monotonous. They/we have also had a series of pretty uncompetitive matches, including quite a few finals , when they do cover tournaments so perhaps they are reacting to lack of excitement on the tour (look at the scores of many of the last years finals...) Add the loss of Sandrine, Mary P and Amelie's injuries, the lack of a top German player post Anke, the loss of ASV and imagine what has happened to their French, German and Spanish audiences. Its unlikely that they have a Belgian, Italian or Russian audience to compensate. Finally, the European players they like - Danni, Patty, Anna, Jelena, Elena B are not performing particularly well this year. Net result - I suspect tennis is getting a lower priority.
The answer pray for Patty, Justine, Amelie, Danni, Elena and Kim to start winning, some youngster (vera?) to jump forward and Germany to find a good player and send thanks unto Justine for starting the process yesterday.
Last edited by fammmmedspin; Apr 14th, 2003 at 07:42 PM.