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When you think about it there probably isn't a single country that has tennis as their #1 sport.
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I wish Argentina all the best, I hope they get the DC they deserve.

But they're not the centre of the earth... the same things could be said about pretty much any other nation in the world.

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I am waiting for threads:
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India - To be a tennis fan in a Cricket country
Sweden - To be a tennis fan in a Ice Hockey country
Korea - To be a tennis fan in a Short Track country
USA - To be a tennis fan in a NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, MLS country
China - To be a tennis fan in a Table Tennis, Diving, Badminthon, Gymnastic etc.etc.etc. country
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We might get the match point from a grand slam final on televison. NRK (Norways BBC) bought the rights to Wimbledon a couple years ago, and I was so pumped. We got tennis on two free TV-channels most of the day, and free streaming of all courts on the web. That lasted two years before they sold the rights to keep eurovision. Not a joke unfortunately.

The reason is of course because we have no players. It is almost hilarious how bad we are at this sport. As far as I know Christian Ruud is our only top 100 player, and he never won an ATP-tournament. Sometimes a supposedly talented youngster will get hyped for a couple of minutes or on a sports show, but this is usually what they accomplish:

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When you think about it there probably isn't a single country that has tennis as their #1 sport.
That, basically.

It's the same where I live, Footie, footie footie. Tennis is an enigma of a sport. Appreciated all over the world where even sports like Football (/Soccer) is completely ignored in certain parts, but Tennis is never the biggest thing in any country. Many people all over the world acknowledge tennis due to the hype created by the grand slams and the biggest players and that tennis has always been one of the traditionally known sports.. I mean, nearly everyone knows who Federer is.. but those same people might not even know how the sport works.

For example, last year I was watching the WTF 2010 Final with a group of friends in a restaurant. I was the only one watching it by the way. I was sitting too far away and with my crappy eyesight was unable to see the score. I asked a couple friends (who are completely ignoring the screen) to tell me what the score says and they say- "errr, oh Federers playing! Nadal has 3, 6, 1 aaand 0 .. Federer has 6, 3, 2 and 15." Sounds incomprehensible until you realise they were reading the score sideways.. should have been 3-6, 6-3, 1-2 (0-15). Pretty sure I would have foamed at the mouth if it wasn't already stuffed with a kebab.

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For example, last year I was watching the WTF 2010 Final with a group of friends in a restaurant. I was the only one watching it by the way. I was sitting too far away and with my crappy eyesight was unable to see the score. I asked a couple friends (who are completely ignoring the screen) to tell me what the score says and they say- "errr, oh Federers playing! Nadal has 3, 6, 1 aaand 0 .. Federer has 6, 3, 2 and 15." Sounds incomprehensible until you realise they were reading the score sideways.. should have been 3-6, 6-3, 1-2 (0-15). Pretty sure I would have foamed at the mouth if it wasn't already stuffed with a kebab.
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it reminded me... Once on some small radio station I heard that player A won against palyer B with result sixty-three to sixty-one

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it reminded me... Once on some small radio station I heard that player A won against palyer B with result sixty-three to sixty-one
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it reminded me... Once on some small radio station I heard that player A won against palyer B with result sixty-three to sixty-one
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I don't have much to complain about here. We have zero tennis players but the ATP coverage on cable is pretty good - we get full Grand Slams and Masters tournaments and selected 500 and 250 tournaments from QF onwards. WTA coverage on Eurosport is pretty bad though, but I don't follow it as much as ATP so it doesn't annoy me that much. I don't read the newspapers and I don't listen to mainstream radio or watch the news so I don't know what's reported and I don't care. :P There's a sizeable group of people here who are passionate about tennis - I've met a few people who live, sleep, breathe and eat tennis. It's pretty fun.

I also just found out a few months ago about an ATP Challenger in Singapore. And there's some WTA exhibition tournament coming up next weekend - the response seems pretty lukewarm actually based on the fact that the tickets are not sold out yet, but I bought my tickets ages ago and I can't wait to go!

Football is of course the most popular sport here, but I think for a small Asian country with next to 0 professional players, the level of interest is pretty decent.

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I am waiting for threads:
Australia - To be a tennis fan in a Rugby country
India - To be a tennis fan in a Cricket country
Sweden - To be a tennis fan in a Ice Hockey country
Korea - To be a tennis fan in a Short Track country
USA - To be a tennis fan in a NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, MLS country
China - To be a tennis fan in a Table Tennis, Diving, Badminthon, Gymnastic etc.etc.etc. country
I think MLS is struggling more here than tennis...



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I guess in Switzerland tennis would be one of the most popular sports...
Not really. Still way below football, hockey and alpine skiing.
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Not really. Still way below football, hockey and alpine skiing.
Really? I'm curious about that...
Would you tell us more? How's the "Sport-popularity distribution" round there.
What does the news say... etc.

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Really? I'm curious about that...
Would you tell us more? How's the "Sport-popularity distribution" round there.
What does the news say... etc.
Of course Federer is by far the biggest Swiss sportsman and makes the headlines quite often. But in term of sports popularity, football and hockey are way above anything else.
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When you think about it there probably isn't a single country that has tennis as their #1 sport.
Of course not, same thing with golf. When you have "elitest" type sports like these, it is mostly played and viewed by the upper class, which is certainly never the majority in any country.

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