Tennis Fans Miss Out on Sampras, McEnroe at Blackrock Masters
by Richard Vach | November 19th, 2008, 12:42 pm

U.S. and non-British viewers will be left in the dark when The Blackrock Masters Tennis, the year-end championships of the ATP’s senior tour, will be played Dec. 2-7 at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
Britain’s ITV will provide daily coverage of the event, but there is no announced coverage in the U.S. ITV has announced “two matches will be broadcast exclusively live on and via a new red button interactive service,” but provided no further information.

The Blackrock Masters Tennis will feature Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jeremy Bates and Cedric Pioline in round robin Group A, and Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Greg Rusedski and Guy Forget in Group B. Sampras vs. McEnroe will be the main event in round robin play.

“This is a message for Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and all of you other guys,” McEnroe delivered in a warning. “I’m not coming to London to lose.”

The top two players from each round robin group will face off in the final.

Unlike other world sports, tennis continues its unique marketing effort of denying worldwide viewing audiences for its most interesting events — in this case, showing the Blackrock Masters only in Britain.

“I’m thrilled that we are bringing the BlackRock Masters Tennis exclusively to ITV4 viewers,” said Dave Fewings, ITV4 controller. “The event offers a great opportunity to watch some of the game’s great legends.”

It certainly does. Enjoy the event, Britain.

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10 Comments for Tennis Fans Miss Out on Sampras, McEnroe at Blackrock Masters

kamret Says:

It’s frustrating but, unless we can come up with a solution, it’s useless to even think about it. What can be done? Any hope? Any suggestion? Can any action be taken? Can tennis fans do something?

Von Says:

Maybe tennis could do something similar to what’s done in some other sports, and that is sell tickets for TV viewership via a feed from The Royal Albert Hall to designated locations around the USA. The only problem is that of the anemic interest in tennis, which will discourage such a scenario happening. What can fans do? Probably inundate the USTA with telephone calls, emails and any other form of communcation that will precipitously spark the USTA into action.

redux Says:

this relates to a BlackRock alum:

hmmmm, do you think the wedding cake was red velvet???

Her name is Loredana Berte. She is an Italian pop singer. They were wed in 1989.

Von Says:


I left you a post on the other thread — The Bangkok Exho is being broadcasted on the Tennis Channel at 4:00 pm today. Enjoy. :P

Von Says:

Zola: — as per our agreement.

redux Says:

Von, thanks. I’m trying to watch some of Mac and Borg on this moment. The live feed is pretty crappy.

Von Says:

TwoCents & redux:

Live streaming for Bangkok match today.

Von Says:

redux & Two Cents:

Live streaming link for bangkok today.

Von Says:

Per Tennis channel, Jimmy connors was arrested today — the following is the dirt.

Babolat Says:

Why not just watch ATP on Net?

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