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because after their feature match is over in an hour or so, they show part of a taped match from the previousn day, that the viewers have already seen. They did it again this morning. After Davenport whipped Dokic in an hour, they showed a repeat of the Davenport/Coetzer match from the day before. That's horrible! Why can't they just show the exciting second set from the Clijsters/Dementieva match? Are they to cheap to tape it? Cliff Drysdale and Pam Shriver are good commentators. But ESPN keeps screwing the tennis fan. The least they could have done is show footage from a good match that wasn't featured by ESPN/ESPN2. One thing is for sure. ESPN/ESPN2 is consistent in its tennis coverage. Consistently bad!

P.S. - Having the year end finals in Munich instead of Manhattan is a mistake. Has anyone showed up to this tournament yet? The arena has no atmoshphere or charm. Just what we need. Another faceless tournament in Germany, that is a clone of all the other faceless tournaments in Germany. Hamburg, Berlin, Filderstadt, Leipzig and Munich. Enough already!
 

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You mean they actually have tennis coverage?<br /> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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P.S. - Having the year end finals in Munich instead of Manhattan is a mistake. Has anyone showed up to this tournament yet? The arena has no atmoshphere or charm. Just what we need. Another faceless tournament in Germany, that is a clone of all the other faceless tournaments in Germany. Hamburg, Berlin, Filderstadt, Leipzig and Munich. Enough already <hr></blockquote>

You noticed that too?? heehee . It was my understanding that tennis is bigger in Europe than in the states, so what's up with all these empty seats??? MSG in N.Y was never this empty <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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In all due respect...<br />the USA has NO right to complain about a lack of tennis tournaments in their country.

They have a grand slam, 2 tenns masters series, a teir one (or two, or three?).<br />God forbid they don't have the year end championships too!

The event is essentially new to Germany...give it a couple years and those seats will fill right up.
 

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Well apparently attendance at the Olympia Halle during the daytime matches beats that of Madison Square Gardens (could just be PR though), with the later matches having fewer attendees.

I'm with Becca, give it another year or two and then we'll see where we are.
 

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The event clearly generates little interest, but it is not Munich's problem. To be more precise, it is 25% of being problem of Munich. There are four reasons for this event being not as exciting as it could be.<br />They are:

1) No Anna<br />2) No Martina<br />3) No Venus<br />4) No Monica ( the only one having something to do<br />with Munich ).

These are, IMO, four most popular players of WTA who usually qualified for event ( not always played of course, especially Venus ), but all four of them not playing is kinda unprecedented.
 

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completely agree with Cat. They have had plenty of opportunities for their so called "bonus" coverage. Instead of watching a re-run of Lindsay-Coetzer, they could have just shown Dokic-Shaughnessy. They showed clips of the match before Lindsay-Jelena started. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 
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and everyday they change the times. atelast for the masters series i know every weekday early round matches will be at 10 and so on. and why wouldnt they be showing anke hubers potential last match of her career. now im ankeless and no tape of her!!! espn always kinda has bad coverage in one way or another, too bad since they get a majority of the events
 

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In all due respect...<br />the USA has NO right to complain about a lack of tennis tournaments in their country. <hr></blockquote>

Where in this thread did anyone complain of lack of tournaments in the U.S???? <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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My suggestion: Rotate it on different country and not on just one venue.<br />2002 - Back to USA - Florida or California<br />2003 - Madrid, Spain<br />2004 - Paris or Nice<br />2005 - Okinawa or Tokyo, Japan<br />2006 - Camberra, Australia<br />2007 - Toronto, Canada or Montreal<br />2008 - Rome, Italy<br />2009 - Bangkok, Thailand<br />2010 - Back to Munich (Right now, then can start promoting hence they can fill up the Coliseum)
 

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Thank you for your thoughts concerning the Sanex Championships in Munich, Germany. I think I like Capdavsel's idea of rotating the tournament around the world. Even though the best thing would have been for the year end championships to have stayed in Manhattan, where it would have gotten alot more attention. Also, as Ys mentioned, the tournament lost alot of star power with Monica Seles, Venus Williams, Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis being no shows for various reasons.<br />Again, thank you for your thoughts and your time. Your time is my time, and my time is your time!
 
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