How can an "historic" final (Rafa realizing the career slam at 24) be so anticlimactic? I admit I was thrilled with Rafa's win. It was completely unexpected for me, because I thought he'd never make it all the way through this year. (I admit, I was not a believer.)
But this whole Monday final thing has got to go! This is the third year in a row the men's final has ended up on Monday, and it's ridiculous that both Australia and Wimbledon can now virtually guarantee this will not happen, but this rich country and rich tennis infrastructure (come on, USTA!) can't do something about providing a covered environment in case of rain.
I think this is the first time since CBS started covering the tournament 43 years ago that the network *did not* end up carrying the men's final. When the rain delay came again during the second set on Monday, CBS gave up the final to ESPN2. And while it didn't matter a damn to me as a consumer (I'd just as soon see all mainstream network coverage GO AWAY), I bet it mattered to both CBS and the USTA.
We waited around on Sunday afternoon; then when they finally called the thing, we went to the beach. But it sure wasted a lot of our time. And then the same thing happened Monday. After a 1:00pm (our time) start, the rain delay was around two hours long. We ended up watching tennis for more than six hours.
I simply do not know how people who work for a living and actually fly to this thing to see it in person can put up with this year after year.
I'm sure the USTA will put this off for even longer, and even when they make up their collective mind to do something, it will take a couple years to get the thing built. Supposedly Arthur Ashe stadium is too big to cover, so they need to either cover Louis Armstrong or build a whole new stadium.
Pony up some of that proceeds you make at this annual cash cow, and get to building, USTA. This is just ridiculous. If you really believe this is the "top tennis tournament in the world," make sure it stays that way!