In addition to disrupting tennis followers’ viewing expertise, the continuing carriage dispute between Disney and Charter Communications, which noticed Disney linear networks, together with ESPN, go darkish on Charter’s Spectrum cable techniques final Thursday, is wreaking havoc on gamers’ preparation for matches on the 12 months’s closing Grand Slam.
Superstars Coco Gauff and Daniil Medvedev shared their frustration over not having the ability to watch match matches at their lodge, with the latter admitting that he needed to resort to bootlegged on-line feeds.
Even ESPN’s personal John McEnroe, in his return to the commentators’ sales space on Labor Day, referenced the truth that he didn’t watch as a lot protection of the match as he would’ve favored whereas sidelined with Covid due to the Disney-Charter carriage dispute.
According to sources, ESPN, the community that carries U.S. Open, has remedied the problem for about 15-20 athletes, outdoors press and inside ESPN expertise who’ve been granted complimentary entry to match protection whereas staying in New York City, a prime Spectrum market.
The comparatively small variety of activated accounts displays the truth that the U.S. Open is now in its closing phases, with the final singles and doubles quarterfinal matches performed at present.
At a post-match press convention Monday, would No. 3 Medvedev was requested whether or not he would watch the Tuesday extremely anticipated popcorn match between Americans Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton.
‘I don’t know if it’s authorized or unlawful, however I’ve to discover a manner as a result of I can’t watch it on TV anymore,’ he stated. “I acquired web – how do you name it? – pirate web sites, I watch tennis there. I’ve no different selection.”
He added that he was hopeful to have the ability to watch the match on his telephone if Disney and Charter reached an settlement, one thing that has not occurred but.
Similarly, Gauff, in her post-match interview Tuesday after beating Jeļena Ostapenko, famous that she couldn’t watch her opponent’s earlier match through which she scored an upset win over world No.1 Iga Świątek.
“I’m not going to get into that however we will’t watch ESPN at our lodge. I noticed the scoreline; I didn’t see the match,” she stated.