What are the qualifications to be an announcer/commentator at the US Open? Clearly it's not the ability to be able to pronounce the names of the players.
Someone who has been making a big splash of late is an 18 year-old Canadian named Denis Shapovalov. At the start, when nobody knew who he was, the announcers would pronounce his name
Semi-understandable for most of us but certainly not for people whose job it is to comment on players with mostly foreign names. But it gets worse.
Shapovalov didn't qualify for the US Open in time (he didn't get his boost in ranking until the end of the Rogers Cup) and wasn't expected/expecting to play, however, because Milos Raonic (Canadian) dropped out due to surgery, Denis made the cut. Every time he plays now they include a segment where the announcers debate how to pronounce his name. Sometimes they will even play a clip where he is interviewed after a match saying
It's pronounced like a French hat chapeau-valov (sha-POE-val-OV)
And then they all promptly go back to mispronouncing it. To me that's either a sign of disrespect or incompetence, or possibly both. I'm thinking more disrespect since they asked the question but clearly weren't interested in the answer.
Yes. It's a small thing but it's like fingernails on a blackboard when I have to listen to it a hundred times a match.
Also, yes, my wife knew I screamed at the TV when she married me.