How lame are the interviews on ESPN, they have no guts...

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Are ESPN questions lame?

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  1. wy2sl0

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    I sat there watching the match between Roddick and Beck today; with Gilbert talking about how he needs Roddick to go for more, etc (How many times have we heard this, its beating a dead horse) - they even go as far as to show the 04 final between him and Fed, showing examples of what seemed like a completely different player. Regardless the argument isn't about whether he needs to play like this or not, it is that they talk behind his back that he needs to do this to win, etc, and ask why he doesn't, yet they get him in studio and noone ever shows him these videos or asks him why he doesn't play more aggressive. It is ridiculously annoying how they ask players how do you feel, are the courts fast/slow, and yet they don't ask any substantial questions that us as fans want to hear answer to. It's not only Roddick, I mean anyone, even Fed today.

    Agree, or disagree?
     
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  2. Tammo

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    Yeah, they need to mix it up a little.
     
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  3. wilkinru

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    Has been asked.

    Roddick will say top american and top 10 for a zillion years.

    This is stupid, He did not need to go for more today.

    Andy's problem is he does not identify of when needing to go for more.

    Hint buddy: when they are higher ranked than you!
     
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  4. wy2sl0

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    Thread isn't really about whether it is true or not, it is whether ESPN is terrible at interviewing people or not.

    Please post an interview where someone addresses this.
     
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  5. Moose Malloy

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    Players aren't required to do interviews with espn, so espn is probably doing the smart thing by not asking anything that would annoy the player & possibly cause them to turn down future interviews.
     
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  6. Pwned

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    He did when he beat Nadal in Miami.
     
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  7. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Short answer: they do not want to **** off certain players--especially if they had bad matches, or their careers are in decline. Roddick has been visibly annoyed by questions in the past, but he's one of their favorites. The last thing people like Patrick McEnroe desire is to upset a suffering Roddick who may be so touchy, he will back away from in-studio interviews, or anything else.
     
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  8. Mustard

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    Roddick played his best tennis when Gilbert was his coach. Roddick fired Gilbert at the end of 2004. Therefore, one has to conclude that Roddick obviously doesn't want to play now how he did then in terms of style, which is puzzling. Roddick is at his best when he's serving big, hitting hard forehands at every opportunity and being aggressive with net approaches.

    I will also say that Roddick's backhand improved a lot when Connors was his coach. It used to be a bit of a liability.
     
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  9. GOAT BAAH!!!

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    100% right. I hate to clown the dude because he is such a hard worker but right now his matches are unwatchable. The soft, spinny forehands and chip/slice followed by clueless net approaches are heartbreaking. Maybe someone with gumption pulling out his cards on national television would wake the dude up. C'mon ESPN announcers...challenge these guys.
     
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  10. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Exactly. They want the stars to come on and they are not required to so they have to be nice.

    For example, if you want an interview with Tom Cruise the interviewer is not allowed to ask about the Oprah couch jumping or Scientology.
     
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  11. wy2sl0

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    Pointless. Why interview someone then? To paint them as being a likeable, stalwart person? Without flaws? Noone is perfect. The media is terrible at making celebrities look larger than life. At the end of the day, we as fans are paying their salaries (at least a part of them) so why should they be exempt from being challenged?
     
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