Brad Gilbert courtside irks me. He was yelling at the ball boy to get Rafa some more water....with an ESPN mic in his hand. Too Funny. But where is Mal? Did ESPN dump him? or is he off having ANOTHER kid?
The RAFA-LOUTION Is UPON US.
RUN FOR COVER!
My Royal Court: Queen Venus Williams presenting her Majesty's
LORD Andre AgassiAndy Roddick Roger Federer Marat Safin James Blake Taylor Dent Mardy FishFeliciano Lopez Fernando Gonzalez
Mal Washington seems like a nice fellow, but he didn't really add much to the coverage & in some ways took away from it by making very obvious comments ("so & so must play well to win this match"). He also seemed to reference his own career way to often for what it was (finalist, Wimbledon & Miami; winner, four ATP titles; career high ranking #11; Davis Cup team member). It's unfair to compare him to the many commentators who were marquee players (Johnny Mac, Jim Courier, etc.), but he falls somewhere between Jimmy Arias & Leif Shiras & they are much more interesting commentators & reference their own careers far less than Washington did.
I think he's spending most of his time these days running his foundation in Jacksonville & travels often to watch his siblings on the WTA/ATP tours. (Mashona is playing the best tennis of her career at age 29 & Mashiska divides his time between challengers & ATP qualifying tournaments.)