Why are commentators so biased towards the williams?

i was watching the aussie open a few days ago and i heard ******** enberg talking about the serena vs jelena match, he said something like "serena lost today, was it because she didnt care, or she wasnt in to it, had a bady day, and so on and so on", or maybe it was just because jelena played better.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
With Shriver and Carillo, I think it's because they know the Williams very well personally, and they want to kind of diminish the severity of losses because they like Venus and Serena.

I think a very small part of the bias is legit based on past performance. We are talking about 8-time (Serena) and 6-time (Venus) slam champions. For the most part, along with Henin, they have been the standard for the past 7 or 8 years. It's hard for the commentators to imagine that they are on the downside of their careers, and thus are always looking for excuses.

Also, there's the simple fact that they are Americans and arguably still television draws for the casual tennis fans. It only makes sense for the commentators to pump them up to keep them as marketable entitites that the casual viewer will watch.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Williams sisters were the only American women left in the draw. They are a sure ratings booster, love them or hate them. ESPN knows its audience.
 

ZPTennis

Semi-Pro
Because they are african american and it is politically correct to do so.

Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans?

Minority and equal rights is what rules in America. The politically correct thing to do has gone overboard in the U.S.

The U.S. Open tennis center is named after a lesbian.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject, I have to state by no means am I prejudice. I am simply pointing out some interesting facts.

Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american male. And thats the truth.
 
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lethalfang

Professional
Because they are african american and it is politically correct to do so.

Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans?

Minority and equal rights is what rules in America. The politically correct thing to do has gone overboard in the U.S.

The U.S. Open tennis center is named after a lesbian.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject, I have to state by no means am I prejudice. I am simply pointing out some interesting facts.

Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american. And thats the truth.
That's very different. Arthur Ashe is a pioneer.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american male.QUOTE]

Like being not able to make it to the quarterfinals? The furthest in the singles draw were Blake and the Williams. Deal with it, don't whine.
 

PROTENNIS63

Hall of Fame
Because the williams are americans. Same goes for Roddick. They kept on saying Roddick did not get lucky and he played good but he did not get cheap points etc.
 

ZPTennis

Semi-Pro
two of you completely misunderstood. I wasn't referring to the tournament.
I was talking about the broader scope of things.

regarding the tournament, I was rooting for Blake to win the whole thing. i think he's worked harder than anyone but just didn't have the game to beat Federer that day.
 

Syfo-Dias

Professional
I don't understand why people have to bring nationality into it so much. I'm American, but most of my favorite players are from other countries. I personally can't stand the Williams sisters and it has nothing to do with their color. I'm a big fan of Blake and he's black. I just can't stand the Williams sister's style of play and they always come off very arrogant in interviews, especially Serena.
 

superman1

Legend
That's the answer to the OP's question-it's as simple as that.

On the the BBC or the Aussie stations, the commentators present a different (and not necessarily player-biased) perspective.
Yeah, but they'll be biased towards the British players or the Aussie players. Go to Argentina and it'll be all about Nalbandian and Chela and the rest. Go to Serbia and, well, you know.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
"Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans? "

Yes actually. LA stadium was there long before the USTA landed a lease on Flushing Meadow Park.
 

NamRanger

G.O.A.T.
Because they are african american and it is politically correct to do so.

Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans?

Minority and equal rights is what rules in America. The politically correct thing to do has gone overboard in the U.S.

The U.S. Open tennis center is named after a lesbian.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject, I have to state by no means am I prejudice. I am simply pointing out some interesting facts.

Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american male. And thats the truth.

Some people just never quit do they?
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
Yeah, but they'll be biased towards the British players or the Aussie players. Go to Argentina and it'll be all about Nalbandian and Chela and the rest. Go to Serbia and, well, you know.
It's a matter of degree, I guess. But other than Murray, there's really no Brits out there, men or women. So whatever bias there is on BBC is usually pretty short-lived!
 

poison824

New User
i was watching the aussie open a few days ago and i heard ******** enberg talking about the serena vs jelena match, he said something like "serena lost today, was it because she didnt care, or she wasnt in to it, had a bady day, and so on and so on", or maybe it was just because jelena played better.
If you watched the match clearly you would know that Serena was not playing her best. She was clearly upset during her morning warm-up. And it continued through to her singles match. Not only this but her serving was not on target - which made her lose her doubles match as well. You can check her transcript interview about it.

She herself was unhappy and she was hitting her thighs, making her move her feet. But to no avail. If she was at her best compared to Jelena at her best then Serena would win.

But being a champion you have to be better on the day and credit to Jelena for being so consistent -_- consistent in calling the trainer as well.
 

Tennis Fan

Rookie
It may seem that way only because the Williams sisters are pretty high ranked & have been around for a long time. I don't believe that deep down, the commentators want to say good things about them or give them credit for much. They figure they have to say something halfway positive at times or else, it'll look like they are racists or something, which in reality they all are.

And for bluetrain4 who stated that Carillo & Shriver REALLY like them, you've got to be kidding. I don't know about you or anyone else, but I can see the underlying tone of the ways Shriver & Carillo talk about the Williams sisters. They are both some racist asses & Carillo is the worst of them all!
 

tumalow2

New User
they do this towards fed 2 like with that 5 setter against tipsaravic they gave absolutely no credit for him playing well. they just made up excuses for fed not playing well.
 

edberg505

Legend
Yup, Jelena played well enough to beat Serena but didn't bother showing up for the Sharapova match. If I were the commentators I would have suspected something was wrong as well. Yeah, there was something wrong with Jelena's back alright, her BACKside. It was getting spanked.
 

Alley Cat

Rookie
Because they are african american and it is politically correct to do so.

Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans?

Minority and equal rights is what rules in America. The politically correct thing to do has gone overboard in the U.S.

The U.S. Open tennis center is named after a lesbian.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject, I have to state by no means am I prejudice. I am simply pointing out some interesting facts.

Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american male. And thats the truth.
You're only at a disadvantage if you are a moron. Sorry that you don't like a tennis stadium being named after a great player and humanitarian in Arthur Ashe. Sorry that "lesbians" intimidate you. Sorry that you are a white male that has a sorry life. Sorry that you use the term "politically correct" as a crutch for your own issues.
 

Bgal

New User
Because they are african american and it is politically correct to do so.

Do you think its a coincidence that both stadiums at the U.S. Open are both named after african americans?

Minority and equal rights is what rules in America. The politically correct thing to do has gone overboard in the U.S.

The U.S. Open tennis center is named after a lesbian.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject, I have to state by no means am I prejudice. I am simply pointing out some interesting facts.

Unfortunately in this day and age, you are at a disadvantage if you are a white american male. And thats the truth.
Yeah!!! Why didn't they name the US Open stadiums after the founders of the Klan?? How the heck can a smart guy like you be at a disadvantage?? I can't figure that one out????:confused:
 

ZPTennis

Semi-Pro
Some of you are clueless. In the U.S., take one job opening for a large company.

2 people apply:

1 white american male
1 minority

both have same exact qualifications.

who gets the job. :rolleyes:

point proven. now shutup.

:)
 
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