After the sucess of this thread
, where I share my opinions about how we, argies live and feel the Davis Cup. I would rather explain the situation of this sport here, in my country.
I'd really like you to do the same. It's always really cool to show how everyone lives tennis his/her way. For some people, like me, one of the solutions is to enter MTF all day.
Okay... I live in Buenos Aires, the bigest city of Argentina, the only city with an ATP Tour level tournament. We also have the only challenger played in the year.
The most important tennis clubs are in the same neighborhood "Palermo".
Tennis Club Argentino, Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club and Vilas Club.
The ATP Buenos Aires is played in the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis club and the Copa Topper (Buenos Aires challenger) in the Vilas Club (as you can imagine, this club is owned by Guillermo Vilas).
The Tennis club Argentino hold the 25.000 ITF Women's circuit this year.
Mapa clubes tenis.jpg
Red one - Vilas Club
Blue one - Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club
Green one - Tennis Club Argentino
As you can see, the three clubs are near each other.
Let's suppose a normal tennis week during the ATP Buenos Aires.
The most important sport-oriented TV channel (TyC Sports / TyC Sports HD) would usually broadcast the tournament final rounds (from QFs to the Final). There will be a big promotion and TV campaign in the sports channels, a good amount of advertisment in the streets.
That was the last Copa Claro announcment. There was the same in magazines, street-ads and so... I think there was one different one with those players + Dolgopolov
Like in the world (I think), qualies are free.
And the prizes are around something kinda: 20 to 80 US$ on the first 3 days (You can buy best places or just the Day-Time or Night-Time). The last days the prizes are from 25 to 115 US$.
This is the only time of the year where you'd see the stadium in the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis club, at it's full capacity.
As you can see, tennis got a decent broadcast and importance during the big tournament.
During the challenger the things changes a lot.
I mean, you'd see good adverts in the sports magazines, like this one, taken from GRIP Magazine, the most important tennis magazine, monthly editions, easy to find, etc...
That was the Back-Cover.
But, you won't see so many things on the street or in regular magazines.
TyC Sports would broadcast the event like the Copa Claro, the last 3 days would be broadcasted, you'd get the QFs, SFs and the final.
Don't expect full-stadiums during this tournament, maybe in the final, sure, but not during the week. Even with the low prizes (18 US$, 25 in the SF and Final Rounds), you won't see so many people round there.
The future and ITF WC events are always free.
Don't expect ball boys and that kinda stuff, 2 players, one umpire, and let's play.
Well... The 25.000 ITF WC event had all that stuff in the final, but only in that match.
So, at the end of the year, the city hold these events, including the Women's Circuit.
1 ATP World Tour 250.
1 ATP Challenger Tour.
2 ITF Women's Circuit events.
But here's the thing:
There aren't so many tennis fans.
A weird fact, there are a good amount of people who enjoy playing tennis, but, even them aren't probably tennis fans.
If I compare my 100 Facebook Friends, only 2 of them are tennis fans, and 4 of them knows well about the sport. I think this stats could make some numbers, remember I am a big fan and I'm from the biggest city in the country.
So, the place to talk about tennis is during this tournaments. If you like tennis, you gotta go to the tournaments, specially qualies, because they're free, no excuses.
The thing changes a little during the Exhos.
Look at this:
You'd see Monfils' face right there in the website.
People care so much about that exhibition event (Copa Peugeot). I expect a full stadium for that event.
This year, we hold the Sampras and Agassi tour, but, sadly there wasn't so many people, for me, that's a shame for the country and a lack of respect for the sport. I was embarrased.
Of course, as I said before in the other thread, Davis Cup is a different story. The country is united to win the cup. We live the cup like no other fans.
I hope you can enjoy this thread about tennis life in Argentina.
I don't play tennis, i'm just a fan, I love the sport and it's so difficult to share my feelings with the argentine people.
I think the other argentinian members can agree with me and with what I said here in this thread.
This is a video I recorded during the Copa Topper (Buenos Aires challenger), the 2nd day of tournament (Tuesday). Not so good quality (or players) but you could see how a tennis fan could live it, near the players (remember there's not so many people in the stadiums), with a good atmosphere.