Look at his sig and you'll know enough. Hian mach 2.
and there goes his credibility...
I'm not following what's funny here. It's different in other territories, but in the USA Sharapova is huge. It's a fact. Her public profile is far bigger than Djokovic's & Murray, she has more fans and she brings more people to the tennis.
You've got to be shitting me.
ANDY MURRAY is probably a bigger draw than Shrapova. She is one of the most limited, unathletic players I have seen at the top of any sport. The fact that she is a career grand slam champion shows how awfully dire the situation at WTA is.
I really couldn't care less what you think of Sharapova as a player, but the fact is that she is massive in the US and one of the most well-known players and sportspeople in general. Andy Murray is nothing without Federer and Nadal propping him up.
Serena above Roger?
Are you out of your fucking mind? Djokovic is a bigger draw than Serena.
Please. Of the five US Open finals Serena has played in, two of them are the highest-rated since the 1980s and the other one is right next to peak Agassi and Sampras in their finals. Her two recent finals each both have a higher audience share than all of Federer's finals, including when he played Americans Agassi and Roddick in the final.
So... yeah. Serena is massive in America, she's American. It's logical.
Ask yourself this: would people rather watch Serena dismantle a bunch of overmatched mugs or rather watch ATP guys duke it out among each other. Look at how Berdych beat Federer. The ATP is a lot more interesting than the joke that is WTA.
Ratings say yes. And the fact that they put Serena-Ivanovic in the primetime slot over Federer-Berdych also says yes. Also, Federer was crap yesterday and did you not see the embarrassing joke of a match that was Murray-Cilic? Or Wawrinka withdrawing to Djokovic because he knew he wasn't going to win.
Ask yourself this: if people were forced to watch either only the guys or the girls, who do you think they would rather watch?
Djokovic walked out onto a literally empty stadium yesterday because everyone was watching Sharapova-Bartoli on AA, and only after Roddick's loss did Armstrong fill up at the end of Murray's match. They made their choice without being forced into anything.
Go look at tt.tennis-warehouse.com . It's a tennis forum, without specification in terms of gender. Why are like 80% of the posts and threads about the ATP?
Tennisforum is bigger than MTF, Sharapova has far more fans on her facebook than Djokovic and Murray with both their facebook and twitter accounts combined...your point?
EDIT: The other joke in your post is that you STILL whine how Stakhovsky is a mug. Who cares? How does that make his opinions wrong?
Did you hear him say that HE HIMSELF is a bigger draw than Serena? No. Just like some unknown benchwarmer on the Charlottw Bobcats probably isn't as big as a draw as Candace Parker, or how some random bum in MMA isn't as much of a big deal as Ronda Rousey.
My point was that if we're talking about tennis as a "business" and paying people who bring the money and interest into the sport, that group (Serena, Federer, Sharapova, Djokovic...) would be getting paid more per round than the rest of them.
But it isn't. If the WTA players are leeches, then so are the lower mugs (on either tour) who collect $17k cheques for losing in the first round. They all fall under the same governing body in slams and should be treated as such.