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WTA's Allaster Upset That ATP Matches Get Far More TV Time At Sony Open
Published March 28, 2014
THE VOICE: TENNISNOW.com's Blair Henley wrote ESPN's Cliff Drysdale's "smooth, distinguished voice is as much a part of the fan experience as the tennis itself," having been a part of the net's telecasts since "they first aired" in '79. Dyrsdale said of his relationship with the ESPN tennis crew, "I do have a very nice relationship with the team. We talk about being a family, and in this business of egomaniacs, we are surprisingly compatible." Asked why he is yet to retire, Drysdale said, "I think about that. And then I think that means not going to Australia and enjoying the sun in January; not going to Wimbledon during the best time to be in England; being in frantic New York City, weather-wise probably the best time of the year there, too. It’s a hard thing to walk away from. Those are nice places to be." Asked if he follows what viewers are saying on social media, Drysdale answered, "Honestly, if I followed it, I probably would be upset. But I don’t. I feel like I’d be affected too much if I read stuff that people were saying" (TENNISNOW.com, 3/27).