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Ana has mixed feelings about the television innovations recently announced by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She is in favour of changes that enhance fans’ viewing experience but has reservations about possible infringements on players’ privacy.
Concerning the reduction of the televised warm-up period, Ana said: “That’s very good because it’s much more interesting for the public. I also think they should put music on between the games. They do that at some tournaments and I think it should happen more often.”
She was also enthusiastic about the use of enhanced microphones during matches. “The microphones can be interesting,” Ana said. “Probably they should put something on the court so that you can hear the match better, and also if the physio comes on you can hear what she is saying.”
Ana explained that the current warm-up period, which according to the rules should last no more than five minutes, is in practice a little longer. “When the umpire says ‘two minutes’ they actually say it after we’ve both played volleys, so they don’t measure the first three minutes. So usually it’s much more than five. Changing that is a good idea for fans and television.”
Regarding wearing a microphone on court herself, Ana is yet to be convinced. Testing is still taking place to ensure they are not a distraction to players. “I think it’s fine for a coach to have the microphone, if he is happy about it of course, but I’m not sure about players, it may be disturbing,” Ana said.
She added: “I don’t think it’s a very good idea to put a mic on players during practice.”
However, Ana showed her sense of humour when asked whether players wearing microphones during matches could result in television viewers being subjected to excessive bad language. “Maybe when they put the microphone on, players will think about it and not swear that much!” she said.
By Gavin Versi