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Will ASIA become a 'tennis powerhouse'??!!

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@@ 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!!
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like in every other sport, Asians will rule all.

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Don't forget the Israeli players in both tours, singles and doubles like Smashnova-Pistolesi, the great Indian doubles players and number of Japanese women playing well.

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Undoubtedly! It will take a least twenty years for there to be several players in the top 100 but it will happen. With more money being invested in tennis and tournaments going to Asia such as the Masters Cup, this will inspire so many Asians to play tennis and they will eventually make it to the higher level. Some are already making it e.g. Yeu Leu at 102/103 in the world.
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Tennis is an expensive sport to learn. That is the biggest reason why few Asians are groomed to become a pro from childhood. Michael Chang has already proven than asians can play tennis. Too bad he lost to Sampras in US open. And he never became #1. He was very close, very close. Too bad that he played right along Sampras during his prime years.

Hyung Taik Lee is a Korean player who is doing decent on the tour, but he cannot compete against top players. Srichaphan, the Thai player is much better and has the potential to win a big one. Let's hope that he does well in Wimbledon and US.
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Tennis is an expensive sport to learn. That is the biggest reason why few Asians are groomed to become a pro from childhood. Michael Chang has already proven than asians can play tennis. Too bad he lost to Sampras in US open. And he never became #1. He was very close, very close. Too bad that he played right along Sampras during his prime years.

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Except now, a lots of them have money to play tennis.It will take many years for them to develop a great player,but it will come.Like many sport, they might start to dominate.
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It's possible. Michael Chang won the French Open before and was a regular fixture in the top-5 during most of the 90s. And on the WTA side, Kimiko Date was ranked as high as no.4, which was during the time when players like Graf and Seles were her competition.

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Yes I think Asia will make an impact but not for another 10 years.

Asia has a lot of top juniors in international competition but very few pro's. It is arguably very difficult geographically and expensive to hop around playing futures in Asia unless you are sponsored by your country or have deep pockets, unlike if you were say a young French or Spanish pro who can play a ton of futures, satellites and challenger events by hopping in a car or a train.

I think this will slowly change though. China appears to be tennis-mad and has the population and diversity of body types and sizes to create pros. Lee says that his success has made tennis a lot more popular in Korea as with Srichaphan. Taiwan has a guy just around the top 100 and another inside the top 200 and both are very young with a good future. India is probably a lost cause in competitive sports for administrative, cultural, and government reasons.
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No.

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China appears to be tennis-mad and has the population and diversity of body types and sizes to create pros.
wow! is that really true?
well, the only thing I know about them being mad is that China is table-tennis. Almost everybody can play table tennis, it is a very cheap sport to learn, doesn't need as much place as tennis, can be played more easily indoor and table tennis has a huge tradition in China. I remember Germany playing against China in the table tennis World Team Championships some months ago and they said that almost the whole country is watching this game live on TV. The popularity of table tennis is awesome in China and they are doing so well, they are almost unbeatable.

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i think tennis appeals to people with money... that is why badminton is much famous than tennis in asia because it is "easier"and less expensive... it will take time... but it will happen!!

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Look at the broadcast schedules for Masters Series tournaments in China on say the Monte Carlo website sometime. China usually broadcasts a lot of tennis on their channels. The Masters Cup was very popular as well.

Sports takes time to disseminate but it is inevitable. The sharing of ideas and coaching is very easy now, so like it or not I think they will catch up within 10, more likely 15 years.
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Look at the broadcast schedules for Masters Series tournaments in China on say the Monte Carlo website sometime. China usually broadcasts a lot of tennis on their channels. The Masters Cup was very popular as well.

Sports takes time to disseminate but it is inevitable. The sharing of ideas and coaching is very easy now, so like it or not I think they will catch up within 10, more likely 15 years.

Steve-o mate~ what do you mean by "...like it or not..."??

@@ Of course it's going to be positive for the game of tennis overall if ASIA catches up with Europe & America!! Not only because Asia represents the potential financial future of tennis (via Sponsors, Broadcast rights etc..) but because tennis benefits the more international it becomes! Look what Kuertan has done for Tennis in Brazil; or Borg/Edberg/Wilander in Sweden, now Srichaphan is having a similiar impact in Thailand->> already started new ATP tournament as a direct result of Pardorn's popularity! Wouldn't it be boring if only American's won USO & only Spanish won FO??!!! * The day an Asian man or worman wins a singles Slam will be a day worth celebrating
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I think Australia will never be a tennis powerhouse
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