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Tennis on ESPN2 and ESPNU, too

I was tempted while listening to ESPN's announcers call the Isner-Mahut epic at Wimbledon to criticize them for dwelling just a tad too much on its historic goofiness.

But eventually I decided it was just the right way to handle a set that finally ended at 70-68 - a result so beyond the bounds of normalcy that there was no overstating its strangeness.

By Day Three, not only were fans clamoring to get near Court 18, but assorted tennis luminaries were showing up in the stands and on ESPN, including John McEnroe and Tracy Austin.

You can't blame ESPN for switching the match from ESPN2 to ESPNU to clear the way for the World Cup, especially given there was no guarantee the tennis match would end before the World Cup final July 11.

But I will say this: I'm glad Cablevision (which owns Newsday) recently added ESPNU, because if it had not, my Inbox quickly would have been overrun with furious emails.


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