I personally am not so hard on her, and it was refreshing to hear Roger's response, one that you rarely hear because people rarely ask him about motivation and how he does it. Chris isn't the greatest former champion to have in the booth, largely (to me) because she just doesn't remember specific detail about matches and experiences. I find Martina's digital memory somewhat annoying at times, but that was her life and still is to a certain extent. I doubt Chris was ever thinking about chasing records or her win/loss record. She just usually moved on. I'd take her in the booth before Austin (or Carillo for that matter) because Tracy and Mary frequently open their mouths when they don't know what they're talking about, and Mary in particular seems dyslexic at times with her reporting. Chris has always relied heavily on commentary feed in her ear because she usually just isn't interested. Give me Billie Jean King and John McEnroe in the booth at the same time any day over any of them, but it is nice to see Chris again.
Good points alfa. What I find interesting about this stint is that she's not being treated like a commentator in a traditional sense, but like royalty. Similar to if Margaret Court was all of a sudden in the booth. Each time I turn on the tv, someone ELSE comments, "It's like Chris Evert said earlier..." like they are name dropping that she's part of their team. So it is her right, being of her stature, to ask Federer a question a lot of them would not be comfortable to ask, and he will give her the respect of answering. Though I also thought, when Chris was HIS age, she was just about to become #1 again, and definitely was not having problems getting out of bed to be inspired!!! But she's probably thinking the players today don't stick around quite as long - Graf retired at 29.
lol @ Martina's "digital memory" .... indeed!!!!! Though I in particularly like her commentating with Connors, they're a very good team.
lol 2x at "commentary feed in her ear because she's not interested" -- add in, "sensible enough to not be interested"... There's not a whole lot of nuance and variety and character to speak of in the game as played by the women today. I am sure that paying attention to all these players & getting to know their games will be the most challenging & least fun part of the gig!
I dont have time to catch most of the commentary but i did hear her call some of the rezai/williams & she caught a really great point, that Rezai was using an entirely flat second serve with no room for safety with slice or top spin, and that when things get tighter, it may become a factor. Sure enough it did. I don't think anyone had picked up on it before.
What i find is that I am enjoying her there above all because she's pleasant to listen to, tonally. She is the opposite of that jock-jerk commentary style of Mac1&2/Gilbert/...and sadly, Carillo - who used to be the real poet of the tennis commentary world. But she went demonstrative, to fit in with McEnroe.