I find your points concerning nationality interesting latso (especially with a vastly undertapped market like China), do you have any numbers on viewers per branch of the sport? So how many viewers does the WTA have, and how many does the ATP have?
Basically we are just stabbing in the dark here. We are all biased in that MTF unanimously disregards women's tennis as boring. Because of this we are imo unable to imagine people getting excited about it and may thus underestimate the fanbase women's tennis has. TF on the other hand does the opposite ofcourse. So I would like to see numbers, does anyone have those?
I don't have numbers, but my transition from supporting the natural MTF position, toward the one i am currently supporting was the info about the USO finals, where the women final was largely more popular.
This made me think how and why, as i don't consider what the ladies do in the WTA tour as Tennis, rather a distant cousin.
But that's the same as me rating WWE compared to anykind of real sport, like MMA f.e. I cannot even imagine how ppl would watch this WWE circus, but it's a largely popular...huh...yeah, circus and it makes probably more revenue than MMA and K1 taken together.
So, at the end of the day the ladies' sport that looks like tennis might be and probably is just as popular as real tennis, perhaps also based on the fact that they have more geo diversity.
I have another theory as well - it is cheaper and easier to form a competitor if your kid is a girl, compared to if you have a boy.
Simply because your own level would match hers until she is 14-15yo and if you decide you can be your kid's coach for the rest of her career.
This is smth very popular in WTA and far less in ATP. The transition period (getting a real good coach and staff) is a very expensive and unclear process, which involves possible sponsors, long term contracts, etc. while with the girls it's much easier.
That's just my personal theory based on what i see around me and based on conversations with other dads, coaches and pros. It might be wrong and unprecise, but it's pretty close to reality i think.
This is possibly also a reason for the WTA to produce more diversity, mainly with the big growth of Russian WTA tennis in the last 10 years, as well as the Chinese.