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Disgustingly Horrible TV Coverage

OK NBC showed only two matches in their Saturday coverage, Venus and Serena Williams win. It was taped and they even added commercials after the even games to make it last for three hours. It was so freaking boring. How is this supposed to help the game when you show two boring matches in three hours. And ESPN is showing Capriati now, so we won't get to see Guga vs. Club Fed until the highlights show at 11 et.

Could NBC's coverage suck any more ass?
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I feel with you
most of the things sound really horrible what I'm always hearing from people in the US

looks as if you can't get that goddamn Tennis Channel you just have to rely on the bad bad coverage of the other channels that completely sucks

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i'm not sure the tennis channel has grand slam coverage
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You're right, the NoBodyCares (about tennis) network has always sucked with tennis coverage. I'm just thankful that ESPN's has been better this week than usual.

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LIVID. That's how I felt when I realized they weren't even going to show any of the men's matches. I'm BEYOND disgusted with NBC's coverage. Thinking I was going to see better coverage on ESPN @ 3, I was rudely awakened when they started showing Capriati v. Bovina. This while Safin/Starace were just getting a fifth set underway!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! The jingoistic coverage in this country is truly despicable.

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It's not just that they chose two of the worst matches, but then they give the scores away for the upcoming matches! I can understand putting the Williams matches on, but why ruin all the other matches? I know that ESPN and NBC aren't affiliates, but since they're covering the same tournament you'd think that they'd work together a little. The Capriati/Bovina match looked interesting but NBC spoiled it. And after repeatedly revealing the Federer/Kuerten result on both networks, they say that it will get covered later tonight

Even when the same network shows an already played match, they often spoil it. I don't know how many times it's happened where the commentator will babble on about a player winning or getting upset and then say something like "later, we'll show you that match". If they know they're going to show the match, they should keep it suspenseful for people who resist the internet temptation. People who want to know right away have plenty of resources to find out.
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They should invent a new language entirely composed of expletives for the crime that is Eurosport. They started on Chatrier at the start of the day -Capriati's yawnsome match, fair enough, because at least it segued into Federer v. Kuerten. We in Britain received the whole match, everything was looking good, then it descended into UTTER FUCKING TENNIS FAN HELL. And no, I'm not talking about having to watch successive (pre quarter-final) women's matches.

Superbike racing, then the Giro came next, I was getting fucking pissed and screaming at the TV, although the rational part of me knew that they had to let the bastards out there see their scheduled biking...

Then the coverage overran by forty-five minutes over the precious tennis play. Cue expletives, punches thrown at walls, doors etc. My wits returned, finally, when the tennis returned, but Hewitt v. Verkerk was a real downer in the last two sets. That was ok, because the remainder of the Safin v. Starace was promised us on-screen afterwards. I was sitting on the couch in patient anticipation of it, but when the commercial break was done with...THEY SHOWED HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WILLIAMS SISTERS' MATCHES INSTEAD OF THE PROMISED MOTHERFUCKING LIVE TENNIS! I HAD NEVER SEEN POTITO IN ACTION BEFORE. I WANTED TO SEE POTITO. BUT WHERE WAS POTITO? YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!

MAY THE EUROSPORT SCHEDULERS (AND ALL OTHERS RESPONSIBLE) BE CONDEMNED TO 24/7 REPEATS OF THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IN ACTION FOR THE REST OF THEIR MISERABLE FUCKING LIVES! I BANISH THEE TO TENNIS HELL, FUCKERS!
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I guess my main beef w/the U.S. coverage is that they show taped tennis WHILE live tennis is going on. NOTHING gets this tennis fan angrier. It's like saying, well, an NBA playoff game is going on right now, but we'll show you a game from earlier today. It's unheard of when covering any other major sporting event (save the Olympics). I just don't get the boneheaded logic of these TV programmers.

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They should invent a new language entirely composed of expletives for the crime that is Eurosport. They started on Chatrier at the start of the day -Capriati's yawnsome match, fair enough, because at least it segued into Federer v. Kuerten. We in Britain received the whole match, everything was looking good, then it descended into UTTER FUCKING TENNIS FAN HELL. And no, I'm not talking about having to watch successive (pre quarter-final) women's matches.

Superbike racing, then the Giro came next, I was getting fucking pissed and screaming at the TV, although the rational part of me knew that they had to let the bastards out there see their scheduled biking...

Then the coverage overran by forty-five minutes over the precious tennis play. Cue expletives, punches thrown at walls, doors etc. My wits returned, finally, when the tennis returned, but Hewitt v. Verkerk was a real downer in the last two sets. That was ok, because the remainder of the Safin v. Starace was promised us on-screen afterwards. I was sitting on the couch in patient anticipation of it, but when the commercial break was done with...THEY SHOWED HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WILLIAMS SISTERS' MATCHES INSTEAD OF THE PROMISED MOTHERFUCKING LIVE TENNIS! I HAD NEVER SEEN POTITO IN ACTION BEFORE. I WANTED TO SEE POTITO. BUT WHERE WAS POTITO? YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!

MAY THE EUROSPORT SCHEDULERS (AND ALL OTHERS RESPONSIBLE) BE CONDEMNED TO 24/7 REPEATS OF THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IN ACTION FOR THE REST OF THEIR MISERABLE FUCKING LIVES! I BANISH THEE TO TENNIS HELL, FUCKERS!
I agree. I have Eurosport Int. but it was basically the same.
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yes, I agree that the Eurosport coverage was also bad today. The switch-over to the Giro d'Italia is really annoying as a tennis fan, but Eurosport always says that they are bounded by contract to show cycling.
But anyway, in the afternoon, another German TV station is broadcasting from the French Open while Eurosport is switching over to cycling so I didn't miss Roger's and Guga's match today.

But the thing that pissed me off in the evening was that they didn't cover the promised Safin match. They tuned out too early showing nothing of the current evening live matches, that really pissed me off!!!

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Re: Disgustingly Horrible TV Coverage

Neely, I totaly agree with you on Eurosport today! They promised to cover the Safin match and showed taped Wiliams matches instead! And I was shocked they switched to cycling after second set of Guga-Federer. Luckily we still had the ARD coverage, otherwise I would have done some damage to my TV......
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OMG! I truly feel awful for BaselineSmash! Oh man I can't IMAGINE!!!...yes I can. YESTERDAY!!! ESPN swore they we're gonna show Santoro vs Mutis! I was like "YaY!!!!" NO!!!!!!!!!!! RERUN OF SHARAPOVA VS ZVONAREVA!!! It was sooooooooooooo looooooong and depressssssssssssssING!!!!!!!!!!! and LOUD!!!! all the torturous GRUNTS and lack of applause!! Oh GOD!!! It was litterally MURDER!!! And WHAT was with the COMMENTATING ON NBC??? OMG I thought ESPN was bad. So many jokes with bad or NO puns, just boring!!! "Boring" doesn't even come close to describing it!!!! But Lo! I was SAVED TODAY!!!! HAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! SOCCER!!!!! RIVERPLATE VS RACCING!!! Riverplate won I guess there's hope tomorrow. What the fuck am I saying? There's never any hope. All the starting matches on center court involve French players, *sighs* so yeah, we'll probably see Mauresmo!!!!!!!!!!!! and Coria!!!!!!!!!! hehehehehe, ahem, YEAH! Coria's match is right after Amelie's. If I get to see BOTH of these matches I'll be happy....for a day. C'MON AMELIE!! SHOW US A THRASHING!!! so you can hurry up and get off the court


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are you surprised? of course they showed the Serena sisters cos all the Amer men sucked big time and wimped out back to the good ol US of A...

what else is new???

Mary Pierce didn't do her job... as predicted... despite a less than perfect Venus. And Serena was playing so crappily it hurt, yet she still wins...

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Re: Disgustingly Horrible TV Coverage

To twist a Bart Simpson quote - all of the NBC coverage and most of the ESPN coverage both sucks and blows.

They show sh** matches with the same people and then complain about low ratings - by blaming tennis itself instead of their horrible, horrible coverage. It is unreal how much they are biased towards American players at the utter expense of any other player from another country. They seem to be worse in this aspect towards men's tennis as opposed to women's.

For those of you in the US - I highly recommend you write to NBC and ESPN to let them know how disappointed you are with their coverage and how they need to show a greater array of matches.
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For those of you in the US - I highly recommend you write to NBC and ESPN to let them know how disappointed you are with their coverage and how they need to show a greater array of matches.
I was thinking the same thing. We should all send a mass of emails to both NBC and ESPN telling how much they suck ass
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