If Tennis TV is available, I enjoy watching it because I really like the commentators, but sometimes, I compromise and go for the big screen picture. I did that today when my regional Fox Sports Network showed a (rare) Miami match. (I'm sure FSN showed it because Venus Williams was playing.)
Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Ted Robinson were the commentators, only Robinson was hardly present. The very sound of Gimelstob's voice caused me to ask myself what I always ask: If Gimelstob had made horrific racial comments to the press, would he be in a broadcast booth at either Tennis Channel or FSN? I doubt it, even in the U.S., where racism is ubiquitous. (It didn't help that his public apologist was his co-commentator.)
To make matters even less appetizing, Gimelstob now goes out of his way to tell everyone how great all the women players are, as though his lock-in with Billie Jean King somehow vaporized a lifetime of bigotry.
Then there was the matter of Darren Cahill. Cahill has built his entire persona around his belief in being tough at all costs. Pam Shriver has tried, unsuccessfully, to explain to him that not all cramping is caused by poor hydration and lack of fitness. He will have none of it. Whether the problem is heat, injury or a bad day, you have to be tough, you can't be a sissy, you have to figure it out and do it.
I actually like Cahill as a commentator, but here's the rub: He is a member of the Addidas coaching team, and he was on court with Daniela Hantuchova today at every opportunity. Going on court to coach players is the very antithesis of the Cahill philosophy, but there he was, and I found it less than authentic of him to trot out and give pep talks and strategy hints to his charge.
When the feeds are in sync, my favorite thing to do is to watch a match on the television screen and use the sound on Tennis TV. When that isn't possible, a silent picture is sometimes better.