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  • lavendershrub lavendershrub May 31, 2009 11:24 Flag

    Commentators

    I am SICK TO DEATH of commentators talking, talking, talking. England is NOT America, and even John McEnroe when he first started commenting at Wimbledon said in America they HAVE to keep on talking - it is expected, and he must get used to not talking so much. I wish he'd kept to that !
    For viewers who know tennis, it is INTENSELY irritating. For those who are new to tennis, it must be very confusing.
    Mats Wilander drives me mad with his non-stop talk - MOSTLY WHILE THE PLAYERS ARE PLAYING. In England, commentators talk ONLY between points keep it very short and DON'T run over talking into the serve, and at change of ends/sitting in the chairs. Mats dropping his voice as they start serving, so it is a mumble so he can't be understood anyway.
    At least, NOT over talking was how it was in the good old days - the era of Dan Maskell. Even dear David Mercer has now got verbal diarrhoea which he NEVER used to have.

    Most of the 'commentators' ARE talking, they are not 'commenting' on the match.
    They go off at a tangent, and talk about the players previous matches of several years ago, even giving 'the break point at 5 4 in the 3rd set' etc - details none of us remember nor care about after several years.
    Even worse is when they talk of football and other sports which we don't want to hear about during tennis. Even Jo Durie was commenting on football a day or so ago.
    And Frew Macmillan's monotonous voice also drives me mad. And I think he is the one a 'poster' is referring to when they ask whoever it is to clear his throat.....
    Nothing personal against these former wonderful players :-) - BUT....LESS talk please.
    (And what a lousy TV view the French have given you of Court number One. It is SO elongated, you can barely see the ball at the opposite end - I switched off the TV, it utterly spoilt it).

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    • I just went to the trouble of signing into Eurosport on line to make that exact point. It is intensely irritating to have to listen to the constant drivel that these commentators are coming out with. Someone, please tell them to shut up - especially during play!!

    • Years ago the BBC showed a rally at Wimbledon with American commentators. When one stopped to draw breath the other one chipped in. They then showed the same clip as done by Dan Maskell - complete silence until a great shot ended the rally to which he said " I say!"

    • Further to my post, it's no use saying the top players shouldn't do charities and exhos, that's all part of the big picture for promoting the sport and doing their bit for others in need.

      Davis Cup is another thing that adds to the schedule, Roger chooses not to play it most of the time but the whole thing will die off if the top players don't participate.

    • I think Greg should get his facts right before spouting off that Rafa plays in the mid to late 20s tournaments a year whilst Roger only plays 18, if he checks the ATP website he'll see that he is completely wrong because they show 22 against both players including 0 points for 3 that they did not play, so they both played 18. Rafa even got punished for missing Washington by not adding his Barca points.

      Greg says that Rafa played in his off season last year, those were all mandatory tournaments apart from MC and no one wold expect him not to play M. Carlo.

      The fact is there are too many qualifying tournaments for ranking points - 9 Masters and 4 Slams are too many amongst others. Every tennis fan knows that there is a tournament virtually every week.

    • The commentators talked all the way through play during the Na Li v Sorana Cirstea match. It was awful. Lavendershu's original message made me sign up to this site yesterday after many years of just reading. Please stop talking when the ball is in play. If this is some new experiment in commentating i.e. following the American model then please take note of all these comments and keep the chat to between points. It is infuriating. Roll on Wimbledon and the BBC. Today was even worse than Mats yesterday. They didn't even pretend to stop talking when the rallies were in progress.

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      • I cannjot believe that I have just heard Vitrginia Wade on British Eurosport suggest that Andy Murray's injury yesterday might have been pyschosomatic because of the added pressure of a benign draw! How can anyone possibly fake twisting an ankle! She then backtracked very quickly and tried to cover it up but it has to be one of the most ridiculous things a commentator has ever said.

      • I cannjot believe that I have just heard Vitrginia Wade on British Eurosport suggest that Andy Murray's injury yesterday might have been pyschosomatic because of the added pressure of a benign draw! How can anyone possibly fake twisting an ankle! She then backtracked very quickly and tried to cover it up but it has to be one of the most ridiculous things a commentator has ever said.

    • I agree. Talking when the ball is in play is infuriating. This is British Eurosport and so there should be NO talking when the ball is in play (including when serving).

    • I agree. Talking when the ball is in play is infuriating. This is British Eurosport and so there should be NO talking when the ball is in play (including when serving).

    • you should hear the romanian commentator: Stosur is nothing but mentally unstable, is all that he sais for the last 15 minutes. Oh yeah, and her adversary is a weak one. unfortunately I cannot switch the sound on English for Eurosport2.

    • Please try and stop the drivel thats talked in the tennis, even whilst they are playing
      Yesterday the match betwen Sharapova v Garcia was so bad we had to turn the sound off.
      Do these know alls realise that this is T.V and not radio???? we pay to watch not listen to all the useless talk, which takes no notice if they are playing or not..

    • Well people are different and I don't agree with strong criticism at all. I really like to listen to Frew. I think he makes a lot of good observations about the gameplay which make tenis easier to understand. I like his calm voice, although I have nothing against dynamic comentating either. Mats may not be my type. I think he exagerates a bit but he also gives a lot of good info about gameplay. BUT I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO COMPLEMENT the lady that moderates Game, Set and Mats and inbetween matches. She is not trying to be smart. She asks relevant questions, she doesn't have an act. GOOD JOB. Oh yes, sorry, English is not my native.

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