Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Northern Territory
Re: AUS TV - 2011 Coverage
Now that it's all nearly over, I've been thinking about Channel Seven's coverage of the Open this year.
I actually think it's been really good. The commentary has been better than it's ever been in my opinion. Sam Smith, Rennae Stubbs, Roger Rasheed, Jim Courier and even Lleyton Hewitt offer knowledgable insights into the game. Bruce McAvaney and other crappy commentators like him didn't seem to be around so much this year.
The coverage was generally tennis-focused and there seemed to be less gimmicks than in previous years. I think they genuinely achieved raising the public's interest in the tennis without stooping to too many lows. I think they've done a great job in cementing tennis as a credible and popular sport in Australia.
This was brought home when I flicked on to the ABC News website and there's a big picture of Vika with the trophy. I don't think a barely-popular winner would have received this coverage a few years back. I think Channel Seven did the sport a good service this year.
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