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Steffica Greles
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:13 AM
He was 81.

"Slice makes the ball float" -- that's the oft-repeated phrase of his I'll remember. And his prediction that Maureen Drake (then 31) had a great future after she took a set from Venus Williams at Wimbledon 2002.

It's actually very sad to think I'll never hear his voice again. He was never an exceptional commentator, but you never got the sense that he hated women's tennis, and that's something to be said for a male commentator. He was a great admirer of the strokes of the game. I remember watching Venus vs Amelie Mauresmo at the 1998 Australian Open. Venus was already in the ascendancy, while Amelie was outside the top 100. But he marvelled at Amelie's backhand.

And I'll remember his analysis of Hingis before the 1997 Australian Open final, when he praised her all-round game and predicted her to take over. He also once called Seles a "caged monster", which I think he meant as a compliment.

RIP, Bill.

John.
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:19 AM
:sad: R.I.P Bill

Farina Elia Fan
Mar 8th, 2007, 02:03 AM
RIP Bill :sad: :worship:

lecciones
Mar 8th, 2007, 04:11 AM
My perpetual light shine upon you Bill :)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Mar 8th, 2007, 04:40 AM
even though I dont know him
R.I.P. Bill
Lover of Tennis

disco_rage
Mar 8th, 2007, 07:07 AM
Sad, Sad news.

Caz
Mar 8th, 2007, 10:55 AM
:sad:

The Daviator
Mar 8th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Very sad :sad: He did like women's tennis though, he called the famous Henin-Capriati match at the USO in the UK, I remember him staying very cool, whilst his female co-commentator went a bit loopy :lol:

Mana
Mar 8th, 2007, 10:59 AM
:sad:

Munchen
Mar 8th, 2007, 11:01 AM
RIP Bill :sad:

Sammm
Mar 8th, 2007, 11:27 AM
He only retired last year from commentating, didn't he?

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 8th, 2007, 11:56 AM
He only retired last year from commentating, didn't he?

he wasnt retired at all
he was doing commentary just a few days ago from the ATP Rotterdam tourn on Sky Sports.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6428349.stm

Monica_Rules
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:47 PM
R.I.P Bill:sad:

he did annoy me when commentating on british women though

Wayn77
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:57 PM
RIP Bill

laurie
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:59 PM
Sad news indeed. I loved his commentary style.

And he loved that Sampras running forehand.

Gerri
Mar 8th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Bill was great, I'll miss him. I liked that he never said anything arsey about the girls.

Sha_ra_po_va
Mar 8th, 2007, 04:27 PM
I liked to hear Bill commentate on a match, you go some nice observations and he WORSHIPPED steffi in the 80's and 90's, so was alright by me!
RIP

shirley
Mar 8th, 2007, 04:54 PM
:sad: RIP Bill.

I heard the news yesterday when it was announced on Sky Sports news. One of the presenters was quite close to tears

sweetpeas
Mar 8th, 2007, 06:11 PM
even though I dont know him
R.I.P. Bill
Lover of Tennis



So true!

Steffica Greles
Mar 8th, 2007, 06:27 PM
I liked to hear Bill commentate on a match, you go some nice observations and he WORSHIPPED steffi in the 80's and 90's, so was alright by me!
RIP

I remember he was actually a great admirer of Graf's backhand. He said that it was Graf's safer shot and was underrated. I think he had a point, because although Graf without a forehand would not have been a formidable player, her backhand was a perfect positional shot and rarely broke down. Graf won OR lost matches with her forehand side.

So hat off to Bill for pointing that out.

Another favourite phrase of his was "that was a lame shot".

I also remember him marvelling at Conchita's generation of topspin. Most male commentators labelled Conchita as a moonballer, but Bill loved it.

jazar
Mar 8th, 2007, 06:47 PM
a very tragic and sad loss for tennis commentary.

RIP Bill

Steffica Greles
Mar 8th, 2007, 06:52 PM
He only retired last year from commentating, didn't he?

You're getting mixed-up with John Barrett. He retired from commentary last year at 75. He was a little more famous than Bill.

Bill never retired. He was commentating, and playing by all accounts, only a few weeks ago.

Nemo_Kool
Mar 8th, 2007, 07:44 PM
R I P

Melly Flew Us
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:55 AM
oh no.
i loved bill's commentating.

andrewbroad
Mar 10th, 2007, 09:51 PM
"Maria Sharapova is exhibiting all her strength - and I do mean strength: it really is the most powerful display you can imagine."

"Too good, too accurate, too deep, too fast, too everything! Like most of these shots, the speed of shot, if it's wide of the opponent, that's it."

"To put such heavy backspin off a shot coming to her really very fast from Smashnova was an extremely delicate, clever shot."

"And look at the power on these shots - indescribable!"

"She'd hardly finished her service-action before the ball was hurtling past her."

"I'd forgotten quite how hard she does hit the ball, but she's right up there with the Williams sisters and Davenport and others - and in fact a bit more powerful than some of those!"

"Well, she does toss the ball in front of her, and it's quite a high toss, and she clearly is destined to do some serve and volleying with that toss - it takes her naturally forward."

More: http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/wimbledon2006.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/wimbledon2006.html)


I will miss his commentating, and am surprised at the short gap since his last. How came he by his death?

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)

Steffica Greles
Mar 10th, 2007, 10:14 PM
"I'd forgotten quite how hard she does hit the ball, but she's right up there with the Williams sisters and Davenport and others - and in fact a bit more powerful than some of those!"

I will miss his commentating, and am surprised at the short gap since his last. How came he by his death?


Who was he talking about?

As far as I know, nobody knows details about his death. He seemed very fit and agile for his age, by all accounts, although at 81 it can be quite sudden; the body just decides its battery life is over.

DevilishAttitude
Mar 11th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Who was he talking about?

As far as I know, nobody knows details about his death. He seemed very fit and agile for his age, by all accounts, although at 81 it can be quite sudden; the body just decides its battery life is over.

After a death in our family with the person being a similar age, it sounds like It's just been a very sudden death with no warning.

It happens.

I can't say I'll miss his commentating, but RIP!

:sad: