Watching Wimbledon on two different networks gives us exposure to many, many tennis announcers. Who do you like?
For me, telling me what is happening (or just happened) in the active tennis match on the screen is first and foremost, describing the play on the court with a close-up view they haveâ€¦ Was there a great shot, bad call, racquet miss-hit, injury, etc.
And then, even more interesting, what is the context of what is happeningâ€¦ does this player have â€œa historyâ€ we should know about, a tendency in certain situations to play the same shot, etc.
For me, here is how some of the top talkers resonate:
- Cliff Drysdale â€“ An old pro who pairs well with Patrick McEnroe; and has the style of giving his partner the softball questions to answer, â€œWhy do you think the players put topspin on the ball?â€
- Patrick McEnroe â€“ Does better in the studio than in the booth. He states much of the obvious and over does â€œThe Droppa!â€
- John McEnroe â€“ Like he was on the court, John is aggressive and not afraid to speak his mind about what is happening (or how tennis should change). Does an excellent job.
- Darren Cahill â€“ A rising star in the tennis TV world, Darren uses his playing and coaching insight to break down the match. But he tends to be â€œtoo niceâ€ and not want to say ill about others.
- Brad Gilbert â€“ Is the most prepared one of the group. As he did as a player, he â€œdoes his homeworkâ€ before coming to work. And is not afraid to go out on a limb to make predictions.
- Mary Jo Fernendez â€“ She is low-key, but very professional and presents a calm view of what is going on.
- Pam Shriver â€“ They seemed to have found her niche: not doing play by play, but â€œout and aboutâ€ like Bud Collins used to do.
- Luke Jensen â€“ A fresh, new face. He comes to the screen slightly unpolished, but with a great enthusiasm for the game.
- Mary Carillo â€“ Is bright and clever; but sometimes that overwhelms what her real job is. She has good, strong opinions; but sometimes wants to tell them regardless of the action on the court.
- Dick Enberg â€“ â€œOh my!â€ what can you say about Dick. Does OK in the booth; but better on the mood pieces.
- Ted Robinson â€“ Is a professional sports announcer who does well in the tennis game; uses his knowledge and Voice to call a good match, asking the real pros for their insights.
- Jim Courier â€“ Not on anybodyâ€™s Wimbledon team; but one of the best announcers out there. He is not afraid to state his opinion; but says that is all it is.
Who do you like?