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The Old British dude on the Tennis Channel

I think the Tennis Channel should seriously think twice about using this guy.
I believe its an Aussie and a Brit on the microphone.. if I hear that old British guy call another male tennis player "boy", or one of the women "girl", im going to scream!
It is so un PC!
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Re: The Old British dude on the Tennis Channel

Outside of those outdated terms I think he's a pretty good announcer. At least he does it across gender lines.

I don't think he's doing it to be demeaning. Heck- I'm in my 20s and I still refer to my friends as the "girls" and "guys" or "boys". And I'm about as left as they come. It frankly doesn't bother me how he says it.
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At least he doesn't feel his job is at stake if he doesn't talk non-stop.
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john barrett is the brit and josh eagle is the aussie.

barrett is probably the most well known commentator outside of the US. He has good knowledge but i have to admit he gets on my nerves at times as well but for not such trivial reasons. hevery match he talks about how bad racquet technology has made the game and every time someone takes an injury timeout he goes on the same rant about how they never used to exist and they didn't even use to sit down at change overs.

yesterday he went on about this analogy between the davydenko/volandri match and a davis cup tie where the romanians underperformed on clay because of home town pressure and said it was the same reason volandri was playing poorly - but he is italian and they are playing in germany

he is better than most though. i actually think josh eagle is really good because he's pretty quick witted and knows most players personally because he just retired.
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Barett is just Barrett I got used to him years ago and he is right about the timeout thing.

Eagle isn't too bad and Adler was funny for an American commentator, he did his job well and didn't go on about how important he is.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Re: The Old British dude on the Tennis Channel

Barrett is quite well known in the States, if you're old enough to have heard him commentate during the US Open some years ago. It's only the 20-somethings that populate these boards that don't know about him.



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Barett is just Barrett I got used to him years ago and he is right about the timeout thing.
i agree that it's an issue but he talks about it every time with such passion as if it's the first time he's ever brought it up. as a commentator you have to presume a great number of people watching one day are people who have watched on previous days IMO.
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i agree that it's an issue but he talks about it every time with such passion as if it's the first time he's ever brought it up. as a commentator you have to presume a great number of people watching one day are people who have watched on previous days IMO.
He's right on that one though, one of the few things, but I see your point.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I love his old school style...I really like his commentary...he's very blunt and honest.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Barrett and Josh your a good compliment to Mr. Barrett.

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Barrett worshipped the ground Lendl walked on - that's good enough for me Go JB

I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. Marat Safin, 2004

Marcelo has an enormous talent. Gaudio, RG champion 2004

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Barrett worshipped the ground Lendl walked on - that's good enough for me Go JB

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Hang on though - he used to rubbish Marcelo's personality, tell the same story over and over ZZZZZZZZZZZZ so I take back the Go JB

I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. Marat Safin, 2004

Marcelo has an enormous talent. Gaudio, RG champion 2004

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JB has been around for years I am so used to him, even the rants about racquets and the Federer fawning.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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GH - Barrett used to get personal about Lendl - one game he was on about Lendl's skin having a 'superb glow'. Gerry Williams was the same - one time, Gerry said that Lendl's wife told them to tone it down as it was giving Ivan a big head

I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. Marat Safin, 2004

Marcelo has an enormous talent. Gaudio, RG champion 2004

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Re: The Old British dude on the Tennis Channel

i love him so much that i never heard the boy and girl comments. but if he's geriatric then i forgive him for not being PC. his tennis comments are almost always spot on. and he plays fair even if he has favorites. i think the Tennis Channel made the right decision to give him the job. they should keep him for as long as he's alive.

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