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John MacEnroe, Bammer’s bastard kid and my white lines

September 3rd, 2007

There can only be one all-time best, and for tennis TV commentators (and perhaps all sports), the best is John MacEnroe.

So here are two great examples of entertaining commentary. In this first clip from sunday night (39 secs), MacEnroe adds cutting social commentary to the match. Tracey Austin tells a heartwarming tale of a woman whose tennis career has actually improved since becoming a mom five years ago. At the end, Austin attempts to credit the boyfriend for providing the encouragement: “Her boyfriend says, ‘You still have your best years ahead of you. Let’s try to go back on the circuit…” And John interrupts, “Let’s not get married.” “John!”

The second one isn’t humorous. But I just think he is on top of the real issues. I asked this exact question to my friend in my match today. And frankly, he had a better answer than anyone on this telecast: “It’s a vestige of how the lines work on traditional grass courts.” But John asked this important philosophical question so much more poignantly than I ever could: “Why is it when it hits that white part–the line–it skids?

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