Players' sharp tongues—good-natured and pointed comments both—tend to present themselves most often, and most memorably, at major tournaments. Few seem to be catching their heat quite like the talking heads on various TV networks, including ESPN and Tennis Channel. Take this sampling just from Day 1 of the Australian Open:
Now-retired American Andy Roddick tweeted this whilst watching Ryan Harrison's match against Santiago Giraldo, which the 20-year-old American won: "Love tennis commentary 'be aggressive take cuts'. Then they miss.... ' he needs to be patient and work the point' Easy game right?"
Love tennis commentary "be aggressive take cuts". Then they miss...." he needs to be patient and work the point"Easy game right?— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 14, 2013
Then, when speaking to her post-playing days plans, Venus Williams went on record as saying, "Hopefully I won't run out of money and have to commentate." (quote via @SI_BTBaseline)
Tough day for commentators. Venus on post-tennis plans: "Hopefully I won't run out of money and have to commentate." #ausopen— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 14, 2013
In both cases, ouch. Commentators are well aware of players' views of their dialogue on air, though, as ESPN's Chris Fowler found out from one of the afore-quoted fellow Americans. Recall this exchange that he had with Roddick at the 2011 U.S. Open, live for all to see:
Do you think TV commentators get a bad rap and are just doing their jobs, or do pros like Roddick make a fair point?
—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)