Nine shows The Baby and the Battleship, Everybody Loves Raymond vs. Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios matches
Tennis fans have been left baffled by Australian Open host broadcaster Channel Nine’s scheduling decision that left either Rafael Nadal or Nick Kyrgios matches without television coverage for periods.
With the quarter-finals underway, Nine opted to air one channel’s live coverage during the day, rather than two as they did for the first eight days of the tournament.
On Tuesday afternoon, Nine’s multichannel Gem was showing the 1956 film The Baby and the Battleship from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with Go showing repeats of 20 years of Everybody Loves Raymond, placing other tennis matches on their streaming platforms .
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But that became a problem when Rafael Nadal’s singles quarter-final with Denis Shapovalov, starting mid-afternoon, was played at the same time as Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ doubles quarter-final against German Tim Puetz and New Zealander Michael Venus. .
This meant tennis fans were unable to watch the Kyrgios-Kokkinakis match on traditional TV for much of the first set and then unable to watch Nadal’s bid for a 21st Grand Slam when they moved on. twice.
International media were also taken aback by the call with Stuart Fraser of The Times tweeting: ‘Sounds weird’.
“I don’t watch tennis that closely, but from what I can understand Nadal beats Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, yeah?” Brydon Coverdale tweeted.
Nine ended up going back and forth between the two matches as Shapovalov forced a fifth set against Nadal, while Puetz and Venus forced a third set against Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, compounding the problem.