Commentary Dream Team

ohplease

Professional
PMac is so obviously the odd man out this year. Fowler and Killer Cahill are fantastic together. In fact, Cahill by himself has been more astute and more informative in the few matches he's done so far than ESPN's typical offerings all of last year.

Stick Courier in there instead of PMac and you'd really have something special.
 

Fee

Legend
I love Darren Cahill. Maybe it's just the accent, but I could listen to him talk about tennis forever. His comments on this match (Murray Verdasco) have been enlightening, but I hate hearing PMac keep calling him 'Killer'. I know its his nickname, but it just seems strange.
 

Feña14

Legend
I don't get to hear Cahill but I can imagine that he is pretty good.

For me it would be Petchey, Fleming and Cowan who commentate on Sky. Some of the stuff they come out with is hilarious, i'm surprised there haven't been fights live on air before (they did come pretty close in Rome in 2005 but i'm still awaiting the first bust up)
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
I think Sampras would be a good commentator. He doesn't open his mouth needlessly, and when he does/would, I imagine it would be something really worth listening to. I guess i'm a fan of minimalism when it comes to commentating. I think my roommate is getting tired of my complaining.
 

noeledmonds

Professional
Macenroe- for his misunderstading of English tradtion and Humorous talk

Boris Becker- for his German humour and commentary seemingly unrealated to the match in progress
 

fastdunn

Legend
Yeah, I liked Cahill's insight.

Have you guys also noticed Drysdale sometimes has stabilizing
effect on over-excited P Mac?
 

@wright

Hall of Fame
I like Cahill too. I also like Johnny Mac, Courier, and Chris Fowler is mediocre, but he hides his complete lack of tennis knowledge much better than say, Jim Lampley from the old days when Wimbledon was on HBO. That guy was the WORST EVER! Dick Enberg isn't too good either, but his exclamations are funny: "Oh My" & "Delicious" are my faves.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Of the former players that have done television commentary, Jim Courier is my favorite. I also agree that Darren Cahill is doing a great job this year - it's nice to have a fresh perspective and new voice in the booth.

As for others, I heard that Mats Wilander did an excellent job last year during the French Open for one of the Euro channels, so I think that would be interesting.

I'm not sure why there are so many digs on Chris Fowler this year, but I actually think he does a great job running the "anchor desk" for the Aussie broadcasts. It's no secret that he's a football guy for ESPN in his normal life, but he is very professional and seems to have adapted to tennis very quickly. His on-air personality is pleasant enough that he appears to have good repoire with all of his broadcast crew and the frequent player guests they've brought in. I also thought it was interesting that he was confident enough to disagree with PMac and Cahill on some of the predictions. If I heard correctly, Fowler took Monfils to win over Gasquet, which is the opposite of the PMac/Cahill prediction... and the loser is supposed to buy dinner. In addition, I liked how Fowler was always light-heartedly poking fun at Brad Gilbert, both last year and at the tourney this year. Brad needs to be humbled on a regular basis!
 

lacoster

Professional
For the US audience, Pat Rafter and Amanda Coetzer come to mind if they ever decide to do some commentating. They both have real pleasant voices.

Luke Jensen is good away from the booth...keep him courtside sweating out the heat...too much of him gets annoying.
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alienhamster

Hall of Fame
I like Cahill too. I also like Johnny Mac, Courier, and Chris Fowler is mediocre, but he hides his complete lack of tennis knowledge much better than say, Jim Lampley from the old days when Wimbledon was on HBO. That guy was the WORST EVER! Dick Enberg isn't too good either, but his exclamations are funny: "Oh My" & "Delicious" are my faves.
For old time's sake, I had to dig this one out, @wright: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=63637

We had some good back and forth there, and I really do still want Enberg's new street name to be "D Lishus."
 

Chadwixx

Banned
Courier was great when he first started, then turned into a mini pmac with his constant talk of american players.

I would like jmac, stolle and drysdale. Mal was really good too but he didnt kiss enough american ass so they let him go, maybe keep him in the stands talking to the people.
 

Live and Die

New User
As I have lived in both the UK (which has the best tennis coverage in the world) and the U.S., I would say that the best commentators are: Peter Flemming, John McEnroe, and now Darren Cahill. Flemming great knowledge of the game and the players and is quite whitty and funny at times. McEnroe is just seems to know everything. And now Cahill, seems to be a natural at commentating and brings good insight into the game for people who know nothing about tennis, to those of us who are play and understand the game at a very high level. Flemming, J. Mac, and Cahill.
 
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splink779

Guest
How about Jimmy Arias and Doug Adler - both know a lot and are not afraid to speak their minds.
 

35ft6

Legend
The British dudes on TTC when they broadcast Madrid Masters are good. I know I'm in the minority but I like Luke Jensen, he gets more into hardcore tennis geek technical stuff than other commentators. So basically the two brits with Luke would be my dream team.

Mac is amusing sometimes but rarely insightful. Mary Carillo comes up with the sweet metaphors but she's not very good. Pmac is the worst. Cliff is likeable but boring. In general, most tennis commentators suck.
 
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