Thursday, March 8, 2012

Indian Wells, Uh BNP Paribas Open 2012

by Savannah

Main draw play gets underway today. Are you ready for some TENNIS?! Well slow your roll and curb your excitement. There will be no live tennis until Saturday, March 10. Live streams? Whut's that? The cameras will not go on until Saturday and that means all of us who enjoy watching tournament play - especially major tournament play - from Day 1, are shit out of luck. That big upset that absolutely NO ONE saw coming? Well if you had been able to see Player X from day one you would've strongly suspected he or she had a chance to surprise a favorite.

The demi-suits (Thanks Mozzie from 'White Collar') and the Suits at ESPN, Tennis Channel (I still can't see it by the way. Hugs and kisses Dolan family) don't think you, the tennis fan, deserve to see early round play. It's like the US media outlets deciding not to show the NFL or MLB wild card games picking up coverage when Game 3 is underway. It would never happen and I'm waiting for a rationale for this nonsense.

Of course the folks in Miami get away with the same crap. These are the same people who whine about the coverage provided by bloggers, credentialed or not. They're there, feet on the ground, and act as the shock troops for the average tennis fan.

And yes I know I'm beating the same dead horse that gets hauled out of the barn every year at this time. It's still something that I think needs to be critiqued. It's sheer stupidity to not allow coverage because of the decisions at ESPN and TC.

Anyway here are the men's and women's singles draws. Make of them what you will.

Men's Main Draw

[1] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB/ BYE
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
BACHINGER, Matthias GER vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER
BYE/[29] ANDERSON, Kevin RSA

[18] MAYER, Florian GER/BYE
HAASE, Robin NED vs ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
RAMOS, Albert ESP vs WC LEVINE, Jesse USA
BYE/[16] GASQUET, Richard FRA

[12]ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP/BYE
QUALIFIER vs WC QUERREY, Sam USA
GIRALDO, Santiago COL vs WC SOCK, Jack USA
BYE/[17] NISHIKORI, Kei JPN

[30] RODDICK, Andy USA/BYE
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO vs KUBOT, Lukasz POL
BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex RUS vs STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR
BYE/[7]BERDYCH, Tomas CZE


[4]MURRAY, Andy GBR/BYE
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP vs MACHADO, Rui POR
HARRISON, Ryan USA vs CIPOLLA, Flavio ITA
[25] TROICKI, Viktor SRB/BYE

[23] WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI/BYE
QUALIFIER vs WC GINEPRI, Robby USA
QUALIFIER vs SELA, Dudi ISR
[13] SIMON, Gilles FRA/BYE

[11] ISNER, John USA/BYE
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
BYE/[22] ARG MONACO, Juan

[32] BENNETEAU, Julien FRA/BYE
QUALIFIER vs KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
BYE/[8] FISH, Mardy USA

Bottom Half


[5] FERRER, David ESP/BYE
DODIG, Ivan CRO vs DIMITROV, Grigor BUL
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE vs ISTOMIN, Denis UZB
BYE/[31] CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG

[19]VERDASCO, Fernando ESP/BYE
STEBE, Cedrik-Marcel GER vs SWEETING, Ryan USA
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
BYE/[9] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
[14] MONFILS, Gael FRA/BYE
DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs QUALIFIER
ROSOL, Lukas CZE vs BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA
BYE/[20]MELZER, Jurgen AUT

[27]RAONIC, Milos CAN/BYE
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG vs PAIRE, Benoit FRA
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS vs WC KUDLA, Denis USA
BYE/[3]FEDERER, Roger SUI


[6]TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA/BYE
LLODRA, Michael FRA vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs QUALIFIER
[28] STEPANEK, Radek CZE/BYE

[24] CILIC, Marin CRO/BYE 106
STARACE, Potito ITA vs NALBANDIAN, David ARG
TOMIC, Bernard AUS vs MULLER, Gilles LUX
BYE/[10]TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB

[15] LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP/BYE
CHARDY, Jeremy FRA vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
YOUNG, Donald USA vs DARCIS, Steve BEL
[21] DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR/BYE

[26] GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP/BYE
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs HAAS, Tommy GER
FALLA, Alejandro COL vs MAYER, Leonardo ARG
[2] NADAL, Rafael ESP/BYE

Women's Main Draw

Top Half

[1] AZARENKA, Victoria/BYE
WC CRAYBAS, Jill vs BARTHEL, Mona
KEOTHAVONG, Anne vs BACSINSZKY, Timea
[25]KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana/ BYE

[24] MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel/BYE
QUALIFIER vs WC MIRZA, Sania
BALTACHA, Elena vs RUS, Arantxa
[14] GOERGES, Julia/BYE

[12] JANKOVIC, Jelena/BYE
WC HAMPTON, Jamie vs HERCOG, Polona
GAJDOSOVA, Jarmila vs WC VANDEWEGHE, Coco
[22] WICKMAYER, Yanina/BYE

[27] PENNETTA, Flavia/BYE
PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana vs SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla
CIRSTEA, Sorana vs BENESOVA, Iveta
[5]RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL/BYE


[3] KVITOVA, Petra/BYE
MORITA, Ayumi vs ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora
QUALIFIER vs VESNINA, Elena
[32] MCHALE, Christina/BYE

[18] KERBER, Angelique/BYE
WC STEPHENS, Sloane vs QUALIFIER
KING, Vania vs ERRANI, Sara
[13] PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia/BYE

[9] ZVONAREVA, Vera/BYE
DATE-KRUMM, Kimiko vs PARMENTIER, Pauline
POUS-TIO, Laura vs ZAKOPALOVA, Klara
[19] HANTUCHOVA, Daniela/BYE

[31]ZHENG, Jie/BYE
RADWANSKA, Urszula vs QUALIFIER
ERAKOVIC, Marina vs VOSKOBOEVA, Galina
[8] LI, Na/BYE

Bottom Half

[7] BARTOLI, Marion FRA/BYE
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
JOHANSSON, Mathilde FRA vs SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA
[29] KANEPI, Kaia EST/BYE

[23] SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE/BYE
PASZEK, Tamira AUT vs YAKIMOVA, Anastasiya BLR
QUALIFIER vs PEER, Shahar ISR
[10] SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA/BYE

[15] IVANOVIC, Ana SRB/BYE
QUALIFIER vs LARSSON, Johanna SWE
PERVAK, Ksenia KAZ vs QUALIFIER
[17]PENG, Shuai CHN/BYE

[26] NICULESCU, Monica ROU/BYE
QUALIFIER vs ARVIDSSON, Sofia SWE
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS vs MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA
[4] WOZNIACKI, Caroline DEN/BYE

[6] STOSUR, Samantha/BYE
FALCONI, Irina 99 vs WC DULGHERU, Alexandra
DAVIS, Lauren vs WC MARTIC, Petra
[30] PETROVA, Nadia/BYE

[20] KIRILENKO, Maria/BYE
BEGU, Irina-Camelia vs HRADECKA, Lucie
MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, Maria Jose vs DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes
[11] LISICKI, Sabine/BYE

[16] CIBULKOVA, Dominika/BYE
RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena vs QUALIFIER
BRIANTI, Alberta vs SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia
BYE/[21] VINCI, Roberta

[28] CETKOVSKA, Petra/BYE
HALEP, Simona vs QUALIFIER
DULKO, Gisela vs DOKIC, Jelena
[2] SHARAPOVA, Maria/BYE

2 comments:

TennisAce said...

I have given up with the complaining. Yesterday I had to tweet my discontent to both the tournament and TC directly as there was no coverage of the women. In what universe does the #1 player in the world gets to play a tournie and her match is not even televised. I had to listen to the commentary on Radio Tennis. I am not sure what the WTA's rationale, or indeed what the rationale for whomever is in charge but every single time tennis gets to this side of the world fans are made to suffer. Watch what happens when the Tour moves back to Europe. I get wall to wall coverage, I see players I have never heard about and I get to listen to inciteful commentary. And then they wonder why the sport is dying in the US. Phewt

Randy Burgess said...

" It's sheer stupidity to not allow coverage because of the decisions at ESPN and TC. "

I was disappointed as well that no streaming was available until Saturday. There wasn't even a EuroSport stream - nothing.

However, since you single out ESPN and Tennis Channel, I'm wondering TV coverage gets decided upon. The camera feeds for a tournament are obviously shared by the different networks, but who steps forward to carry the initial cost of coverage? E.g. does Tennis Channel and/or ESPN make an initial commitment to TV coverage, after which EuroSport and other channels piggyback? And does it differ for tournaments in the U.S. versus say in South America or Europe?

Not that it matters, but I'm curious . . .