View Full Version : Who are the best commentators in women's tennis: POSITIVE POSTS ONLY!!!

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:08 PM
I have never read so many negative posts about tennis commentators than I have the past month. So I want to start a positive thread about who we feel are the best commentators out there.


I think my favorite commentator out of the bunch is Tracy Austin. Like many of the players that are commentators now, Tracy knows her stuff.

But what I think often separates her from the others is that I feel she is very objective about what she says without being over critical.

I am not even sure if she is working over the summer on tv but I definitely look forward to watching matches with her commentating.

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:10 PM
sabine appelmans, knows what she talking about and is funny:)

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:12 PM
I like Pam just because she is so doggone funny. I also like Martina N. They balance out each other rather well.

E. Blackadder
Jul 7th, 2002, 09:16 PM
sabine is just talking on and on. She's starting to stop it now but in the beginning she was commentating, she didn't shut up for one single minute.

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:39 PM
I like them all: Navratilova, Austin, Shriver, Evert, Corrillo, Fernandez, maybe I'm forgetting someone but anyways I enjoy them all.

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:47 PM
My favorite by far is Mary Carrillo. When I lived in Europe I liked Simon Reed ( i think that is his name) on eurosport.

Jul 7th, 2002, 09:49 PM
Virginia Wade, Sam Smith and Jo Durie

Pamela Shriver
Jul 7th, 2002, 10:01 PM
Me, me, me, me, me, me, me and oh, me. :p
Thankx Deb :kiss:

Jul 7th, 2002, 10:11 PM
I enjoy Chris and Tracy. Chris is more outspoken and
I like that. Tracy shows a lot of compassion for all of the
players. They both bring a lot of wisdom to their
By the way, I am amazed at how hostile people
get about certain comments. Gee. Lighten up, guys.

Jul 7th, 2002, 10:15 PM
S. Appelmans and M.J Fernandez

Jul 7th, 2002, 10:39 PM
Pam Shriver and Sam Smith :)

Jul 7th, 2002, 10:44 PM
I'm probably a bit biased in this respect, but I have to go for Pam Shriver.;)

She's funny (understatement of the milennium), has intelligent things to say, and knows her tennis. I personally think Eurosport should hire Pam and have her commentating for every match, all year round...but that's wishful thinking. ;)

Jul 7th, 2002, 11:07 PM
Pam is growing on me so is Chrissy Evert.

Sam Smith is good too.

Jul 7th, 2002, 11:08 PM
My favorite by far is Mary Carillo. I also like Tracy Austin, but since USA doesn't get the French anymore, she's not around much.

Jul 7th, 2002, 11:10 PM
I love Virgina Wade she sounds so posh but she does need someone like navratilova to balance her out. I am shocked at how good sam smith is - she is excellent as is Jo Durie. Mary Joe and Carrilo are good as well. I haven't heard Billie commentate in a while but by god does she know her stuff.

Can't stand Pam she irritates me as does Chris.

darren cahill
Jul 7th, 2002, 11:13 PM
Pam Shriver, Mary Joe, also like Tracy a lot. and billie jean when she did HBO's wimbledon. havent heard her since so not sure if she still rocks. Love Virginia wade. dont know who said she was painful to listen to. I must love having my ears pained then cause i love her. Like mary carillo when shes not acting so butch. Love how Pam puts herself down sometimes. its hysterical

Jul 7th, 2002, 11:55 PM
Chanda Rubin and Mary Joe Fernandez are the most knowledgable and least biased. Each of them present valuable commentaries and interesting insight into the players and statistics without showing favoritism or personal biases.

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:21 AM
Jo Durie, Virginia Wade, Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova.

Chris Evert I'm still undecided on but she has her moments.

Ann Jones
Jul 8th, 2002, 12:32 AM
:sad: No one mentions me :sad: I've been relagated to commentating on the over 45s labrador invitational event. The BBC want younger, hip, american models now. :sad:

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:47 AM
Pam Shriver... funny and she knows her stuff. But to be honest I like all I've heard, don't have a problem with any. :)

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:55 AM
The best: Martina Navratilova, second best Mary Carrillo

Worse by a mile, Pam Shriver

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:56 AM
There is only one... PAM! :D Pam is the best commentator in the business. She can laugh at herself: the best quality you can have. Pam knows her stuff and is not afraid of saying what she thinks, which I commend her on, even if I haven't always agreed with what she said.
Aside from that Pam is hilarious. Need I say any more ;)

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:20 AM
Plain and simple:

1. Mary Carillo
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Chanda Rubin

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:27 AM
I know this thread is asking about commentators for women's tennis, but I have to mention one of my fav's. He commentates for women's matches as well as the men's, which doesn't bother me. John McEnroe! I know many people can't stand him, but I find him honest and blunt; he gets to the point...and I think he's pretty dang funny! :p

Martine N. is also honest and to the point. :)

And enough said about Pam! My favorite line she has ever said was during the '02 AO. "I think Justine's one tough cookie!" :p I just love the way she words things! Go Pam!

Danke Anke
Jul 8th, 2002, 01:28 AM
1. Chanda Rubin (hope she makes a 2nd career out of commentating)
2. Tracy Austin
3. Virginia Wade
4. Mary Carillo
5. Martina Navratilova

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:36 AM
1. Martina Navratilova
2. Tracy Austin
3. Chanda Rubin (especially after listening to her during Wimby)
4. Mary Carillo

Jul 8th, 2002, 02:48 AM
Where is Tracy Austin? I really like her commentating, but I haven't heard from her since the fall on Fox. She needs to get over there on NBC or something. I guess for now we just have to wait until the Open.

Pam Shriver is great. I don't always agree with her, but I really like her wit, knowledge, and ability to know when not to speak...Chrissie has lots of trouble with that.

Chanda Rubin did just fine in her "dubut" on TNT, but I wouldn't go calling her a legitimate commentator quite yet. She has potential though.

Jul 8th, 2002, 02:56 AM
Well, there is one thing about the commentators.

Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe actually know what they are talking about. They get your attention to aspects of the match that you probably wouldn't notice otherwise.

Pam, Mary Jo, Chris, they state the obvious, and with Pam sometimes I think she isn't even watching the match, she has a script and follows it.

Navratilova for example commented on Dokic backing up when receiving the serve, I wouldn't have noticed that myself.

They tell you why a player missed a shot, what's wrong and what's right.

That makes them the best, regardless of their bias or lack of it, and it doesn't mean I agree with them 100% but it's good for a change to hear commentators that know what they are talking about.

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:01 AM
Martina Navratilova
Virginia Wade
Pam Shriver
Mary Carillo
Judy Dalton
Bud Collins

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:17 AM
Martina navratilova
boy ,she so damn good !

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:26 AM
Fingon, I think you're watching a different Pam than everybody else. She is all over the map sometimes, and although I know there are certain things that are in the "script", Pam says alot that is off the cuff.

Anyway, in case you all haven't guessed, Pammy is my favorite. :)

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:54 AM
Moon, some times Pam makes a comment saying how a player is playing and that's actually how she thinks that player should be playing, not what's going on.

Like Chris, I think Pam really doesn't like tennis anymore, she isn't well informed about the tour, she doesn't follow players or matches, she just learns enough to get her paycheque every month.

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:58 AM
Tracy Austin, without a doubt. You never seem to ever hear her say anything bad, really.

Of course if Chanda took up commentating, she would be right there with her.

Both are very knowledgable and give good constructive criticism.

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:00 AM
I know it was hard guys but thanks for trying to keep it positive. I actually think Chanda may one day have a future in commentating. She is very well spoken and seems to have tremendous knowledge about the players.

While Tracy is my fav, Martina is my second fav but I only get her for a brief time out of the year.

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:40 AM
Martina N
Sam Smith
Pam Shriver
Jo Durie

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:55 AM

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:00 AM
I like Nav sometimes as commentator too. what she said about Venus and Serena and that people should forget that they are sisters and just enjoy their tennis is so true
she hit the nail on the head there!:)

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:04 AM
i like listening to pam shriver. never know what she's gonna say next, and she really is still very close to the tour and knows all the stories.

same can be said for virginia wade, though she is funny herself, rather than the things she says. amidst some of the rambling and whining, virginia often hits the nail right on the head. reads the game very well, and picks up on the less obvious but important factors.

i find jo durie and sam smith a bit dull, a bit humourless. i think they'll get better. they tend to stick too much with the technical commentating. jo is more fun to listen to than sam, but then sam has less experience.

anabel croft sounds very false and school-girlish. she's very descriptive, and full of praise all the time, and is quite repetitive. the endless praise for baltacha was ridiculous. "brave, breathtaking forehand winner from an awkward shot"..........like yeah, Coetzer gave her an absolute sitter which any player ranked 300 should put away with ease.

ann jones comes across as savvy and smart. i miss her not being on BBC as much. maybe she got tired of it?

chris evert - too gushing, but quite funny.

martina n - speaks way too quickly of course, but always shares some insight. follows the technical and tactical aspect of the game well. can learn a lot from her.

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:28 PM
My list of best TV commentators for women's tennis:

1. Mary Carillo (I hate to admit this)
2. Pam Shriver
3. Mary Jo Fernandez
4. JOHN McEnroe (go figure!)
5. Virginia Wade
6. Martina Navratilova
7. Chris Evert
8. Tracy Austin (annoying but interesting at times)

Bright Red
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:29 PM

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:31 PM
Wow sounds like the entire retired group of British women were commentating for the BBC. I did not read much mention of Sue Barker though. Was she commentating or hosting for BBC?

Dirty Sanchez
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:36 PM
Sue Barker was hosting it.

I'd like Pat Cash and John McEnroe to do women's tennis because they're the funniest by a mile. Most commentators annoy me (in all sports,not just tennis) but these two don't!

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:49 PM
I think this years Wimbledon matches were best analysed by Martina Navratilova..she not only provided a fair assessment of the play but added some great comments on how to defend against certain shots..what tactics to use to prevent against a powerful serve or a dominating forehand..she did a great job I thought...and the extra expertise she shared was just a bonus!!:D


Jul 8th, 2002, 03:58 PM
definitly John McEnroe