Drysdale wants speed and silence

  • Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:39 p.m.

While in town to broadcast the Family Circle Cup, ESPN broadcaster Cliff Drysdale held a question-and-answer session at the downtown Marriott on Friday morning during a Tennis Industry Association conference.

He reiterated a couple of his pet peeves - stop the women's on-court shrieking and install a clock on the court to keep players serving on time.

A server gets a warning from the chair umpire for taking too long between points. The player is shocked.

No one told the player he was taking too long. So hall of famer Drysdale said why not put a clock on the court in plain view of the players where they will know exactly how much time they have before serving.

And the shrieking? Drysdale, the ATP Tour founder and former president, hopes the ATP will crack down first on the men, who really don't have a big problem in that area.

Drysdale thinks such a move would then bounce over to the women's game where there's a huge problem with shrieking. The ladies almost appear to be trying to out-shriek each other.

The Family Circle has had its share of shrieking, but shriek champions Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka aren't here, of course.


Saturday's crowd of 8,417 pushed this year's attendance total to 80,207.

But with the fall out of former champions and name players for the quarterfinals and semifinals, most records aren't in jeopardy.

The total attendance is almost 8,000 below the pace of the overall best attendance in Charleston. That was in 2010 when John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova headlined a special Saturday night bonanza session that counted in the attendance numbers.

This is the 14th Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island.

With no Saturday night session this time, the 2010 total is untouchable.

The current pace also is more than 4,000 off the pace of the 2006 Family Circle that attracted a Charleston WTA Tour-sessions only record attendance of 92,375 for the entire tournament.

But 2014 is more than 9,000 ahead of last year's attendance to this point, due to a complete washout of Thursday's day session in 2013.

No Americans left

When the third-seeded California pair of Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones bowed out of the doubles draw in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-8 loss to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Yaroslva Shvedova of Kazakhstan in Saturday's semifinals, the final Americans were eliminated from this year's Family Circle Cup.

Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan, both of Taipei, will be the opponents in Sunday's 11 a.m. doubles final after getting a 6-2, 3-1, retired victory over Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia in the semifinals.

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