ESPN Wimbledon Commentators Discuss Sport’s ‘Most Disappointing, Devastating Year’

Rain delays Tuesday on the uncovered courts opened the door for harsh takes.

While Novak Djokovic last month became the first tennis player to hold four consecutive majors since Rod Laver, things off-court have been anything but aces. That general thought and the ESPN reporting that provoked it were front and center Tuesday during the sports network’s coverage from the All-England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).

From a tip sheet by ESPN PR’s Dave Nagle:

Pam Shriver: “In my 35 years of being involved one way or the other with professional tennis this has been the most disappointing, devastating year off court… The leaders in the game have to stop enabling corruption to happen – whether it’s doping or whether it’s match fixing. There’s going to have to be some organization and leaderships that are really brave and give up some money in order to regain the integrity of the sport.”

This year, through the weekend of July 9-10, ESPN will stream a staggering 1,500 hours of Wimbledon action, from all 15 televised courts, on its WatchESPN App.