My favourite double act, as it were, is Petch and Fleming. I think they work brilliantly together. I think it's funny to hear Peter Fleming when he gets excited, he sort of sounds like he's been sniffing something, but I can handle that. Petch is brilliant when he forgets himself. His commentary during Andy's match with Lopez at the USO is a Petchey classic. I think he sort of forgot that he was supposed to be a neutral observer lol.
Fleming can also be hilarious when he commentates with Cowan. Sometimes you can almost hear Fleming rolling his eyes at Cowan's latest outpouring of the bleeding obvious. I remember having fits during the USO in 2011. I don't remember who I was watching, but it wasn't Andy. Anyway, one of the players was chasing a shot down and Cowan goes, in that tone of his that suggests he's trying to crawl up the headmaster's rear end, 'We would have got back to that, wouldn't we Peter?' With no hesitation whatsoever Fleming replied 'I might have done, but you're too fat'. I swear I nearly wet myself laughing! It wasn't what he said, it was the way he said it, very dry, very quick and with no sense of 'I really shouldn't say this'. It was utterly priceless! What made it funnier was the long pause in commentary after. I think Cowan was in a huff!
I love McEnroe as a commentator. The only time he gets annoying is when he gets side-tracked. If he keeps to the point, i.e. the match he is actually watching, he's brilliant. I like his insight, but I also like the way he will explain what a player needs to do and why. He does it in a way that doesn't sound patronising.
I don't mind Castle just lately. Maybe it's because he's gone all supportive on Andy
. I think his commentary with Tim Henman at the Olympic final is a classic. It was probably biased, but who cares?
I think Sam Smith was a revelation at the French last year. I really liked her balanced take on things.
I can sort of take or leave Shiras. That inane chirpiness of his gets on my nerves, but he's harmless enough.
Wilander is creepy. The man makes me shudder. Becker can be all right, but he can come out with some utter crap too, rather like Pat Cash, although Cash can be quite funny too.
I despise David Mercer. I know he was an umpire, so he apparently knows his stuff, but the man is so up himself. Some of the snide stuff he has aimed at Andy has been really uncalled for, but I get the feeling Mercer is the founder member of Federer's fan club, so I have to put it down to where it comes from. Him and VW make a great pair. Frew Macmillan can be the same.
I'd rather not listen to Chris Bradman, he's such a big-head. His commentaries with Jo Durie are awful. I'd also like to take a baseball bat to Simon Reed. I HATE that man.