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Bill Threlfall passes away.

http://www.skysports.com/skysports/a...254733,00.html.

Still can't believe it, only last week i was listening to him commentaiting at Rotterdam.

Rip.
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He wasn't my favourite commentator but he was instantly recognisable and it's going to be very weird without him - very sad news

RIP Bill.
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He was my favourite too, and I always used to defend him here from the people who slagged him off, and said that Sky should sack him because of his age and occasional memory lapses. That was part of his charm! He was a real star and I am deeply sad about this. Just glad he kept his job til the end, and died still employed doing the job he loved so much. RIP Bill

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He was my favourite too, and I always used to defend him here from the people who slagged him off, and said that Sky should sack him because of his age and occasional memory lapses. That was part of his charm! He was a real star and I am deeply sad about this. Just glad he kept his job til the end, and died still employed doing the job he loved so much. RIP Bill
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thats ashame
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moment

RIP Bill

the Murray Walker of Tennis commentary has gone
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RIP Bill.

i'll miss the dulcit tones of his voice. its a sad loss for tennis commentary. sky sports wont be the same without him.
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I'll be missing the guy. RIP Bill.

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Nooooooo!

He was my favourite.
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RIP Bill

I often called Bill out on some of the gaffes but it was never in a mean spirited way and even Bill would laugh at himself on air with the commentators, and take a joke. I'll miss his commentaries.
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Sad news.

Felt he spoke a lot of rubbish at times but was amusing none the less. Cant fault his enthusiam and passion for the sport.

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Oh Bill, it won't be the same without you - other commentators may be able to get set points and break points confused, but not with the same skill, joie de vivre and ability for self-ridicule that you possessed. And amongst all the errors he actually had some very good points to make in almost every match.

No-one at Sky could have predicted that right after Chris Bailey left Bill Threlfall would pass away, the team is being rapidly eroded. It's the end of an era!

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when did Bailey leave ? i just thought he was on hols or something
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Judio posted it in the BBC/Sky etc. coverage thread, there's a new presenter in town. And not someone with a background in tennis, so there could be some cringe-worthy blunders coming our way.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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