Why should it affect the tennis matches?
The point I was making , poorly phrased, was that as a big tennis fan I really couldn’t care weather they were at the people’s court to host, or like 7 did last year with a key. Or a hosting position like all the other international broadcasters. It was a nice addition but did not affect my consumption of the broadcast as a tennis fan.
Enjoyed 9’s coverage bar two things. The absence of “live” on games so I knew they were, and Rebecca Maddern. I know the southerners love her but I feel she is so overrated.
Would you say the same if she was still on Seven?
Yeah, the overall coverage is a pass for me, I feel Seven showed more tennis than fluff packages than nine did but generally weren’t too over the top. The streaming coverage was fine with coverage of every court without many issues and while there are a few commentators I could do without, it was nice they used some of the world feed commentary from time to time. Seven’s did a little bit better and treated the warm-up tournaments better too but I can live with what we got this year.
Updated 9Now live streaming figures from Nine’s press release:
Total stream starts across first 13 days of tournament: 5.2 million
Total minutes streamed across first 13 days of tournament: 101.3 million
Draw for the Davis Cup qualifier between Australia and Bosnia-Herzegovina was made at lunchtime in Adelaide today.
If Australia wins the tie, it will play the finals in Madrid, Spain, from 18 to 24 November. It will be interesting to see if Nine or beIN Sports will show the entire finals week live, or split the matches between them.
ALEX DE MINAUR TO LEAD DAVIS CUP TEAM IN ADELAIDE
LIVE ON 9GEM FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Australia’s Alex de Minaur will lead the Aussie charge at the Davis Cup Qualifier between Australia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to be broadcast LIVE on 9Gem from 4.30pm Friday and from 3.30pm Saturday.
John Millman , Jordan Thompson , doubles specialist John Peers and in-form Alexei Popyrin will join de Minaur to make up the five-man team competing on hard court at Memorial Drive in Adelaide.
Clint Stanaway will host Wide World of Sport’s exclusive broadcast of the qualifier, with commentary from Todd Woodbridge , Sam Groth and John Fitzgerald .
De Minaur’s nomination caps off a huge 12 months having risen up the rankings from 208 to 29 and winning his first ATP title in Sydney earlier this month.
19-year-old Popyrin has been named as the fifth player in the team and travels to Adelaide after delivering a career best showing at the Australian Open last week.
In only his second Grand Slam appearance, the newcomer defeated Mischa Zverev and world No.8 Dominic Thiem before succumbing to No.28 seed Lucas Pouille.
Alex Bolt, 26, who hails from Murray Bridge in South Australia, will also head to Adelaide for the qualifying tie.
Bolt recorded his best Grand Slam result in Melbourne defeating wildcard Jack Sock and No.29 seed Gilles Simon in five sets before going down to world No.4 Alexander Zverev in the third round.
FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY
- John Millman v Damir Dzumhur
- Alex De Minaur v Mirza Basic
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY
John Peers / Jordan Thompson v Mirza Basic / Tomislav Brkic
- Alex De Minaur v Damir Dzumhur
- John Millman v Mirza Basic
Tony Jones has told the Herald Sun he felt bad (he actually used the s-word) all this week about his interview with Naomi Osaka last Saturday night, and said on reflection he probably would have conducted the interview differently.
I’ve got no doubt he regretted it. At the time, he was being over worked by the network. Between working on Today, Nine News and the Tennis coverage, it all becomes too much.
Australia has taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in its Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with John Peers and Jordan Thompson beating Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic in straight sets in this afternoon’s doubles match. Australia becomes the first of 12 countries to win through the qualifier stage and will take part in the Davis Cup finals this November. It means Nine and beIN Sports will have to meet to decide on the carve-up of the finals coverage in Australia.
It’s an interesting question. Arguably, Nine would have the rights of any tie that Australia plays but will Nine bother. I suspect we will see it on Gem but we’ll see
BeIN Sports only have rights to the Finals with Nine airing the qualifiers.
It will be interesting to see how it’s handed given the Davis Cup Finals must be on FTA if Australia is featured.
The Australian one day cricket matches being exclusive to pay television has shown that the anti-siphoning laws now mean nothing.
BeIN Sports could exclusively show the Davis Cup Finals with no FTA partner come November.
It could mean not seeing Australia go for glory for the first time since 2003 on a FTA network