There is a women's Tier I in canada and we get no coverage
Maybe they could show one women's match a day instead of showing all of those taped matches of roddick, ginepri, fish, etc.
Aug 17th, 2003, 04:27 PM
Im mad for you guys, and we have the cheek to call Eurosport crap.
Aug 17th, 2003, 06:44 PM
Back in the mid 1990's I relaly thought the WTA Tour was going to take off with the promising future it had. I thought women's tennis would be on cable or national television television on a weekly basis. But it never happened. And now the Tier 1 tournament from Toronto, perhaps the sixth most important tournament in women's tennis isn't even on television in America! It's just appalling! :mad: The WTA Tour has really missed the boat when it comes to getting television coverage. Conversly, he ATP has done a great job.
Even the LPGA, the WTA Tour's supposed step sister, has weekly cable or network telvision coverage in America! :eek: But the WTA is virtually non existent when it comes to television coverage. Unless they latch on to the ATP Tour and get some telvison coverage that way. Such as in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.
I hope that Larry Scott the new WTA Tour CEO can find a major sponsor for the WTA Tour and work on getting a good television contract for the WTA Tour. Women's tennis fans are suffering. If women's tennis is regarded as being much better and more popular than women's golf, and it is, then why can't the WTA Tour have the kind of week in and week out coverage the LPGA Tour has? :confused:
Aug 17th, 2003, 07:13 PM
No WILLIAMS, no coverage, I guess.
Aug 17th, 2003, 07:17 PM
Please cease with that, Tee. The television coverage is planned months in advance. And both Venus and Serena were scheduled to play Toronto this year. And we still didn't get any televion coverage even with the Williams sisters scheduled to play Toronto. The WTA Tour has no impact in American sports television. :(
Aug 17th, 2003, 07:24 PM
If Venus and Serena were playing, there would be coverage.
With Kim and Justine dominating all of the smaller events this year, just pray that we'll hold on to the coverage that we have. In Canada, we've lost coverage of half of the events, perhaps more. (unless you get WTSN)
Aug 17th, 2003, 07:27 PM
With a horenndous final like that, it doesnt even deserve coverage. (I would be saying this too if Serena was playing)
Aug 17th, 2003, 07:58 PM
ESPN actually did show the women in Montreal for a few days last year, but that was before the network made a conscious decision to cut back on tennis coverage. They're still committed to the North American Masters Series events (i.e. the men) and three of the Grand Slams, but that's about it. And their idea of covering Wimbledon is showing Andy Roddick practice, interviewing Andy's coach, analyzing Andy's chances, watching Andy eat, replaying Andy's matches on tape, discussing Andy's girlfriend, holding up magazines with pictures of Andy, etc.
ESPN has always treated tennis like a red-headed stepchild. Entire 90-minute editions of "SportsCenter" go by without a single mention of the sport. ESPN really just caters to young men, which is bad news for tennis, because the only player that demographic cares about is Kournikova. What we should all hope is for the Tennis Channel to become available everywhere and acquire the rights to more tournaments. They actually get it right: live coverage, short commercial breaks, staying on past the scheduled end time, showcasing non-Americans and players who aren't huge stars, etc. TTC makes ESPN look even more inadequate than it already was.