For the last two weeks, my wife and I have been watching the US Open coverage (as we do all grand slam tennis tournaments), which will conclude this afternoon with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic competing for the men’s championship. Regardless of who wins, it will be a sad day for tennis — but it has nothing to do with the players. Rather, it has to do with a broadcaster.
This will be the final tennis match with Dick Enberg as the lead announcer. He’s giving up those responsibilities because he’s too busy as play-by-play man for the San Diego Padres, and doesn’t want to miss six weeks of baseball season (two weeks each for the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open).
Enberg is a true sportscasting legend. No one has been so great for so long at calling so many different sporting events. After all these years in the booth, Enberg has earned the right to choose his assignments, but his voice will be missed on future tennis broadcasts.
If you missed my conversation with Enberg in 2005 about his book “Oh, My!” you can listen to it here.