Thursday, May 28, 2009

Roland Garros TV Coverage?

If you happen to get up at 5:00AM with the expectation of watching men's matches, think again. From my perspective, the men's matches thus far have been poorly represented.  Of course, that could change today.
Except for seeing the men's names on the schedules, you'd have to wonder where Andy Murray, Del Potro, Vesdasco (sp) and the other men were.  We did see part of the Nadal match.  Yesterday, we did see some of the men's matches, or parts of them, later on ESPN2, but the highlight of yesterday's men's matches that we were shown surprisingly was the match between Marat Safin and a young French player, Quanna.
If Quanna does not have sponsors yet, he certainly should have them and good coaches too.  He was calm, cool, and collected up against Safin.  Quanna took the first two sets with 7, 7, and the fifth with 10-8.  Up against the former number one in the world, Quanna took the first two sets at 7 each.  I did not watch the last set and am sorry that I didn't because after a loss of the next two sets, Quanna came back to win the last set 10-8 to take the MATCH.
Get that young man, J. Quanna, some good sponsors, quick!
To watch the men's matches, you have to tune in around two in the afternoon or later to get to see parts of them.  I hope the coverage of the men's matches gets better but so far, this French Tennis Open seems to be all about the women's matches.
So far, for those of us who like to follow the men and how they reach the quarter finals, just read the final scores and see how your favorites did.  I don't have Direct TV which is my fault so I'm missing out on much of the tournament so far.  The women are good but watching the same women over and over as they move through the matches is only a portion of what is going on at Roland Garros.  I only regret that I am missing the other half.
Up-date:  The TV coverage was much better on Saturday and Sunday.  For folks who missed it, during the French Open Tonight, they actually re-ran the Nadal-Soderling match which proved to be THE upset of the tournament so far.


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