The USTA put out a press release
today announcing "new programming and fan enhancements" for the US Open this year. Buried in the middle of it, I noticed this:
Microphones in the Players Boxes: For the first time, microphones have been installed in the player boxes in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which will help viewers get even closer to the emotion and drama of the US Open by adding the perspective of the players’ guests as matches unfold.
Has this ever been done before?
I can't think of any other time.
I wonder what the players think about this move.
My feelings are mixed -- sure, viewers will be able to know if there is illegal coaching, but are we going to have to listen to clips of Mirka snapping her gum?