Originally Posted by Argentine girl
There was a time when U.S. tennis fans embraced foreign players: Rod Laver, Ilie Nastase, Bjorn Borg, Evonne Goolagong in the '70s; Boris Becker, Gabriela Sabatini, Steffi Graf in the '80s. What's changed?
I think it's a function of both the declining number of American pros and the declining number of tournaments. The Swedish Iceman was an aberration -- a Yao Ming-like cultural curiosity 20 years ago -- who stood out from all those Americans. Today, when "internationals" comprise 18 of the top-20 ATP players, that Swede is just another faceless foreigner. Also, Sabatini may not have come from the U.S., but she played the majority of her events here, so eventually she built up brand awareness. Compare that to, say, another Argentine -- David Nalbandian
. By my counts, Nalbo played all of two matches in the States in 2004. On a related note ...
I would like to know why he picks David as an example. I don't clearly understand this article. I will be very appreciated if someone can help me. I like the way he calls David "Nalbo".
It talked about the internationalization of American sports appreciation. He (actually i still don't know who is this "he") think if a non-American player plays more in USA, then he can get more awareness from the world, coz USA has the "strong" mass media to *publize* them.
Why he picks David as this negative example? I guess first David is a good tennis player, he was the semifinalist of US Open, and play several times with their "precious duck", and even beat him sometimes, so maybe he is more wellknown than many other foreign ones. Second, he formerly mentioned Sabatini as a positive example, now just use another Argentine as the negative one. And David is more typical than other argentine players this year.
But why david was absent with so many US tourneys is just because he suffered many injuries this year and that's why he missed all US TMS. With so many important points in US TMS to catch, he definitely won't miss anyone if free of injury, not mention the hard court is his fav.
So, i feel
to this article, and the nick "Nalbo" let me think the MTF "Naldo", add another