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Why can’t we watch tennis with the camera this close to court anymore? Or the quick closeups during the point and all the dynamic camera movement.

Compare the match above with this from just a few years later, which seems to have become the modern go-to camera placement


wth? I honestly think this is one of the major reasons tennis is no longer a big deal in the US (compared to football, basketball, baseball and surprisingly, even GOLF).

Has this ever been brought up by anyone - WTA, ATP, any commentators, Johnny Smack?
 

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Hi Mark.

It took me a few viewing to get your point-but so true!

I also like the camera work on the 1975 US final-the camera angle is spot on even the sound pops. Notice the close ups of Colette Evert in the audience blended in with the actual points at 1:49


Good commentary enhances too. Tony Trabert and Julie Heldman. Julie on Evert: "Chris is different from any other player. She is all concentration. She plays well because she plays within her own limits."


 

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Thanks Rollo. The 1975 coverage is a perfect example. This is the exact moment I fell in love with tennis and had the camera been both static and placed high in the stands, as it is on basically every match telecast today, I do not think I would be a tennis fan. I don’t understand how no one else seems to get this. The Australian open beginning in 1988 seems to have started this awful way of filming a match and now it is completely given protocol. I don’t get it at all, and it seems like such a simple fix. Is it something to do with larger high definition televisions? I know Europe got better high def much earlier than the US, but it still doesn’t make sense to me. The camera is now universally so high above the court that it’s difficult to tell which player is which. And it’s always static, never a jump cut during a point...that’s literally unheard of.
But I swear if just one network (the Tennis Channel!?) could experiment with the ‘radical’ coverage techniques of the 1970s to early 80s there is a chance people might become interested in tennis again. I mean regular sports fans that only know Roger and Serena.

The coverage of that time period was dynamic with close ups and a camera positioned to actually let you see the flight, speed and spins of the ball. Right now the camera is positioned so far away it’s hard to discern any of that, let alone the players faces and emotions during a point.

Who can I contact to try to make this point. No one here seems to understand besides you, but to me it’s immediately obvious and so much preferable.
 
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