The best analyst in Tennis

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  1. jdubbs

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    Sounds like Andre Agassi isn't going to do any more TV commentary anymore, but definitely one of the best I've heard in the times that he was on.
    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUvvX1SwQTw

    Interview from Yesterday:
    Question: Every time you’ve gotten behind the microphone to do commentary for tennis, it’s been very well-received. Have you ever considered going into broadcasting further?

    Agassi: No, I’ve never really considered that just because of what’s required to do it well and to do it full time. The traveling. You have to stay connected to the game. There are certain things I understand about the game, but the longer the game goes, the more I don’t understand about it because the athlete gets better, the equipment changes, the string changes, the shot selection changes, the weaknesses get harder to recognize when you haven’t been out there on the other side of the net.

    I think everybody goes through a period of time after they’ve played where they are a really good to great commentator. Then, unless you’re out there staying close to the game week after week, you inevitably lose touch.

    I think that would be the same with me if I’m not paying the price. And I would never do anything sort of halfway, I would have to fully commit to it.
     
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  2. Gaudio2004

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    Jimmy Arias is another brilliant commentator. He made an unbelievable observation about Federer during the World Tour Finals, one of those things you hear and you sort of change how you view Federer.
     
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  3. BigServer1

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    Care to share what Arias' observation was?
     
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  4. TBrady

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    Thanks for the cliffhanger.
     
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    He said, Roger tugs on the right shoulder of his shirt on random points.
     
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  6. ollinger

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    I'm with Gaudio on this. I feel like I always learn something interesting from Arias.
     
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  7. jdubbs

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    Way to hijack the thread, guys.
     
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  8. Cup8489

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    Yeah, Arias is good. he seems to pick up on the strategies that a player is utilizing in the match he comments on, and he also knows somewhat about the equipment. I always enjoy when he's up.
     
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  9. BrooklynNY

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    Martina Navratilova is the best in my opinion.
     
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  10. Cup8489

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    Idk. She's honest, but alot of the time she seems like she's just got sour grapes about what she said, and I get tired of her always talkin about how awesome Kuznetsova is... she's really not that great.. and i wish she'd stop saying it. She's really kinda biased in that way.

    ON top of that, she talks too much, just keeps goin and goin, like Pam Shriver except not as creepy or stupid.
     
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    You never know what you might get with Martina. She's got an edge to her that can seem resentful or hateful sometimes. Plus she still has that Eastern European drone which puts me to sleep.
     
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    Yes. Sureshs is all by himself in the category of analysts. He holds a double doctorate on Fed's backhand.
     
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    or women being superior athletes...
     
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  15. BrooklynNY

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    Yeah. I hear what youre saying about Martina. It's like the competitiveness is still fully burning inside of her.
    But I like that edge, like how when Ryan Sweeting served up 80mph first serves to Nadal she was like "I used to be able to serve 80....and still can"
    I like her brash honestly, I feel like she atleast commentates from a player perspective, rather than a Patrick McEnroe ESPN fantasy storyline.
     
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  16. jdubbs

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    She made a good point in the Sweeting match, he spun in a serve on a big point and she was incredulous that he would do so. Go for big shots! At this level, most top guys would crush you, and Nadal did.
     
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    I agree. Agassi's a great commentator, one of the best.
     
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    I like Bud Collins-he's a character.
     
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    Even his response to that question was extremely good commentary!
     
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    Marry Carrilo?? :)
     
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    Courrier is nice! I also like Pat McEnroe
     
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  22. The-Champ

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    In TW, the best analysts are Benhur and Drakulie (even thought he hates Nadal)
     
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  23. Proset

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    I think it's between Arias and Cahill. Courier and Johnny Mac can also be very analytical and entertaining at times. I don't really like Martina because she always sounds bitter, Shriver because she keeps talking and talking and talking, PMac because he always finds a reason to bring recent Davis Cup success or comment on how promising Querrey and Isner look. Some part of me likes Fowler (always wonder how much tennis he actually plays), but maybe it just comes from watching college football in the fall.
     
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  24. nadal_slam_king

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    It's all very close, too hard to say who the definite best commentator is. But Jim Courier is the absolute worst commentator, he has zero intuition, he misread all the big matches and talks up one player and that player ends up losing. He gets everything wrong (unless its an obvious matchup). Anything 50-50, Courier will misread it.

    Brad Gilbert, John Mac and Pat Cash are the best in my opinion.
     
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  25. Gaudio2004

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    Arias said that when Federer gets tight, he tends to take the ball a little too early and that's when we see a mishit from Federer, he also said this occurs to his forehand in shorter rallies, whilst to his backhand in longer rallies - the reasoning being that in shorter rallies his forehand will look to quickly end the point where as in longer points he will eventually start striking his backhand harder to force an error from the opponent. Against Simon in his round two match this year, both of what Arias said applied, after about 25+ shots in a rally, when Federer lost these type of rallies, it was usually Federer taking his backhand too early that would cause the error.

    It shows (to me, anyway) the difference in how Federer will approach a rally thats 1-5 ~ strokes and a rally thats 15+ strokes with his groundstrokes.

    Jim Courier, to me anyway, presents himself as a very nice and humble person, but he seems so awkward - you almost feel bad for him when he gets a prediction wrong.

    Sorry for not responding at the convenient time!
     
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    I like Martina, Lindsay, and Jimmy Connors.
     
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  28. Knightmace

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    Best - Agaasi and Martina
    Worst - Brad Gilbert
     
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    Peter Fleming, Frew McMillan.
     
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    JMac and Martina are the most insightful and interesting to listen to in my experience.
     
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    Dan Maskell is commentator GOAT.

    Oh I say!
     
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    Dick "oh my!" Enberg.

    His brilliant analysis of tennis in recent years has left many viewers dumbfounded.
     
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  33. rallyjunkie

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    Arias is fantastic. So is Cahill, BG, Pat McEnroe, Stolle, Drysdale. Martina is very good at times.
     
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    Jason Goodall.
     
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    Frew McMillan on Eurosport is legendary!!
     
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  36. whoopinstick

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    I thought jim courier was a good analyst when he is commentating. He doesn't commentate that often though.
     
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    Arias' observation on Federer was that his FH contact point is too early when he's nervous. Hence the FH shanks & errors at key moments.
     
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    I like John Mac and Brad Gilbert
     
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  39. Oceansize

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    He's my favorite too. As well as making insightful technical & tactical observations, he often very funny as well.
     
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  40. ser_renely

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    Cahill is by far the best I see. P. Mcenroe and Drysdale are good as well, although they are more announcing and not really analyzing that much.
     
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