You beauty pearler fair dinkum bottler ridgy didge tennis fanatics
@@ For some time now I've been wondering if tennis would truly boom in Asia or not; also whether the continent with half the world's population (over 3-billion in the East) can produce a truly great tennis champion?!
* It looks like the wheels are in action for the boom-> consider Srichaphan becoming the 1st Asian man to crack top-10 in rankings last year; Shanghai hosting 02 TMC & set to stage TMC from 05->07 again; Beijing has the Olympics in 08 & brand-new 10,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium; Hyung Taik Lee from Korea won Sydney IS last year (beat Roddick & Ferrero there) & currently in Rd3 at FO; Shinobu Asagoe from Japan is into Rd4 of womens at FO; & perhaps most surprising/pleasing of all is Jie Zheng of China~ who has made Rd4 at Roland Garros & the Draw is opening up(since Henin lost) for her so she may even make SF with a bit of luck!!!
# Back to my original question-> how far can Asian tennis go?? How long will it take before an Asian born player can win a Grand Slam singles? Also will we ever see a Slam staged in Asia or do you think they'll begin relocating TMS events there in the future..?
Personally I can foresee a Chinese lady winning a Slam maybe 5-years from now!! Also a decade later I wouldn't be surprised if they start referring to The China Open (Beijing) as "The 5th Slam"~ of course not officially but in the same way that Miami TMS is often called the 5th Slam (or Players Championship in Golf also has that unofficial title!).
PS; The dream scenario would be for Paradorn Srichaphan to win Wimbledon
~ but somehow I think Tim Henman
has more chance of winning French Open than Paradorn does winning any of the big-4!!