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Andre guest commentating for ESPN

I'm such a dork. I'm always nervous when I create new threads ( I think this is maybe my 4th ever new topic).

Anyway, Andre called in from Vegas to do a quick spot of commentating for the Roddick/Gicquel match. And I have to say, he did a pretty good job. Too bad espn can't hire HIM to work for them. He doesn't pull any punches, and unlike PMac, he actually knows what he's talking about.
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As long as u dont start a thread containing nadal and federer in the same scentence then ur not a dork!

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I'd love it if Andre did commentary semi-regularly.

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I'd love it if Andre did commentary semi-regularly.
Me too. The guy is SO smart about tennis. Very eloquent and he doesn't talk out of his ass.

I guarantee if Andre ever started commentating, ratings for tennis matches would go up.
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Andre will probably do commentary for some the US events. You can bet on that. I have heard him in the studio before and he breaks matches down like no other.

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Andre will probably do commentary for some the US events. You can bet on that. I have heard him in the studio before and he breaks matches down like no other.
I've got my fingers and toes crossed, trust me. He just has this instinctive understanding of tennis, and he's a contemporary of most of these guys, so when HE talks about the way a guy plays, you pay attention.
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I was chatting with a friend while we waited (in vain) for them to stop talking and show some live tennis and we both said the same thing. Andre would be a fantastic commentator and I'd love for him to get in there and shame Patrick McEnroe into shutting up. Come on, Andre, do it for us.

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I'm such a dork. I'm always nervous when I create new threads ( I think this is maybe my 4th ever new topic).

Anyway, Andre called in from Vegas to do a quick spot of commentating for the Roddick/Gicquel match. And I have to say, he did a pretty good job. Too bad espn can't hire HIM to work for them. He doesn't pull any punches, and unlike PMac, he actually knows what he's talking about.
I thought he was excellent last night. He doesn't pull any punches. And I thought what he said about the American players today was quite on target.

I so miss the attitude of former American players.

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I was watching ESPN2 today at 12:00 and Roger Federer was there talking about the heat at the AO. And the commentators asked Andre what he think about the subject and he said it's not about who's the best but who's the better prepared man on that day. And if one person can't take it they have to give it up (give credit) to the other player for being able to take the heat. I thought he was very eloquent and knowledgable.

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It would be hard to listen to Cliff and PMac, after Andre comments on a match. Put him and John Mcenroe in the booth, that would help tennis in America alot on TV, b/c both of those guys are real, and know what there talking about.

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It would be hard to listen to Cliff and PMac, after Andre comments on a match. Put him and John Mcenroe in the booth, that would help tennis in America alot on TV, b/c both of those guys are real, and know what there talking about.

Ever hear Mary Carillo, , she is awful, you have to put in on Mute if she talks.
Totally agree - Cliff is a sweetie but he's not going to draw fans in. And Pat Mac is a mean mean man.

Johnny Mac is so knowledgable and Andre is as someone said completely eloquent - and both are most importantly, "real". What an awesome team.
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Thanks for the goodrep, NicoFan. I tried to goodrep you back, but I have to spread some reputation around first.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but it seemed like Andre was kind of....missing tennis. I think he WANTED to talk about Andy's match.

And I don't mean to derail my own thread (then again, I do it to everyone else's, why not mine?), but it just occured to me that Rafa should go train with Andre. I know it sounds weird, but think about it...all of the stuff that Andre was the best at - his amazing return game, taking the ball on the rise...if Rafa could learn to do even a little of what Andre could, he'd be.....pretty tough to beat.
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Are the ESPN commentators in Melbourne or are they doing the work from the US? And was Agassi in some kind of studio (if yes, pics please) or could you only hear him?

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Are the ESPN commentators in Melbourne or are they doing the work from the US? And was Agassi in some kind of studio (if yes, pics please) or could you only hear him?
They're actually in Australia. Andre was live via satellite from Vegas, and you could see him. He looked.. well, the same his feed of Andy's match in the monitor they had for him was a few seconds delayed and he was frustrated. he really wanted to do the play-by-play. he'd be an unbelievable commentator.

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Are the ESPN commentators in Melbourne or are they doing the work from the US? And was Agassi in some kind of studio (if yes, pics please) or could you only hear him?

Yes, espn reports directly from Melbourne. They set up a camera in Vegas for Andre...and yes they had a video feed. Andre looked good. He's still wearing his "daddy rocks" necklace. Gotta love that.
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