Tennis fans are pretty easy to please. Roger, Rafa, Monfils. Clijsters' comeback. The surprise story of Melanie Oudin. I can count on the trifecta of Johnny Mac, Dick "Moxie" Enberg and the velvet-voiced Mary Carillo for insightful color commentary. Apparently, ESPN was not aware of this. I'm not sure who in the name of Bristol was the calling the shots over the past two weeks, but we weren't feeling the love that the USTA had promised. Celebrity interviews at the Open conjure warm thoughts of Billie Jean King and Andre Agassi. A tense Mary Jo Fernandez interviewing an uncomfortable Alec Baldwin or a defensive Jeremy Piven at mid-point of a Williams match is still giving me nightmares. (Note to ESPN: New York is not very fond of Jeremy Piven right now.) As for the commentary, Monday Night Football's Mike Tirico for night matches? Makes perfect sense! Or maybe John Madden declined. (One more note to ESPN: Dick Enberg and Nascar would make a great team.) I have this nagging feeling that ESPN is not really sure who its audience is, and tennis is a big, scary sport to take on. Maybe we're not very easy to please.
—Posted by Cindee Weiss