Against this backdrop, the completely abysmal television situation is all the more pronounced. Yes, this is a tired point. But dozens of you continued to write in to complain and your concerns are justified. An event of this stature simply can't continue this stopgap coverage, relying on a network few receive, that bails on marquee matches and pulls out at midnight. I gather, for instance, that the Clijsters-Henin semi -- arguably the most anticipated women's match of the year so far -- did not air in the New York area. Sorry, that's just not acceptable. (If a Belgian falls in the forest...) Give the match to Tennis Channel for free if you have to!
There are three networks on site. There are digital platforms. There are rights swaps. (And the broadcast team of
• Federer has won seven of the past 13 majors. And four of the past 30 Masters Series events.
• A nice event for Tomas Berdych. We've been burned in the past, but might he finally be taking advantage of his prodigious gifts?
• Serena Williams hasn't played since the Australian Open. Might she go all the way to Roland Garros without a match?
• Another nice event in an under-the-radar kind of way for
• Who else was surprised to see
• The French newspaper