good idea for a thread--she's been the best in the business for 20 years...she was still just in the 'egg and fertilization' stage in the 1981 broadcasts but by 1983, her style was patented. She is a notorious note-taker and lover of quotes; her black books from press conferences around the world are dog-earred. Recently spoke with her about them, hoping to get a hand on a string of gems, but she does not keep them!! If she had, she'd have a best-seller for sure...at least from the tennis community.
It is ironic, by her take, that she commentates with mcEnroe for so many years as his main partner after beginning her career winning the french open mixed doubles with him!! what a fateful precursor to becoming the world reknowned male-female team for broadcasting!!
As for her poor play improving her commentating, I doubt it...a lot of artists are the ones whose work is not the best but they are the best at talking about it and making it clear to others...its a different type of personality needed to complete the natural cycle. We need both types of artists to complete the picture. Without her tennis playing, she wouldn't have been the commentator she is, but i think her commentary skill likely comes from the fact that she's a born commentator as much as federer is a born player.
From a letter she wrote me way back in 1985, "I wasn't surprised to learn that you're from new york--a lot of folks out west think I'm a total maniac with a twisted sense of humor. This is absolutely correct, of course, and it's in large part because of my N.Y. roots." She sent me a pic of Chrissie, saying "I really like Chris a lot--she's a classy lady and I consider her a pretty good friend, too" and included a pix of herself with Martina Nav, of which she wrote, in typical Carillo style, "and here's another picture of me with some unknown."
1985...wow, that may make me one of her earliest supporters! God love her.