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United Kingdom 6 8.00%
France 6 8.00%
United States 18 24.00%
Australia 10 13.33%
Spain 23 30.67%
Argentina 1 1.33%
Russia 2 2.67%
Czech Republic 2 2.67%
Serbia 5 6.67%
Other 2 2.67%
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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 09-16-2012, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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The "Tennis Country"

What country do you think is the "Tennis Country", the country you associate with tennis? Which country has the best combination of great players, traditions, and interest in tennis? Here are my options:

United Kingdom

UK was the country where modern tennis was invented, and they have the most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon. On the other hand, they haven't produced as many top players as some other countries with equal populations and I have a feeling tennis isn't very big in UK outside the Wimbledon Championships.

France

Another traditional European tennis country. They have a slam and they have good players, yet it's almost 30 year's from the last time a French male player won a slam, and after Mauresmo, and her slams in 06, they haven't slam hopes in women.

United States

A country with very long traditions and host of a slam. Excluding recent years, they've almost always had a men's slam contender, yet you should almost compare USA to a continent.

Australia

Besides USA, another non-European tennis superpower, they have a slam and they've had great success. Still, the recent decades have been even more difficult for them than for USA. I have a feeling that tennis isn't the most import sport for any country but Australia is the country where it's more important than anywhere else.

Spain

Has become one of the best countries in men's tennis over the latest decades. Spaniards were traditionally great on clay but now they do well also on other surfaces, partly because traditional clay tennis suits well to modern tennis and modern surfaces. Still, despite doing well in men's tennis, they lack success in women's tennis.

Argentina

Argentina is probably the "Tennis Country" of South America. They have had great players and even slam winners and they have done well in DC, yet they must still wait for the title. But they seem to be most passionate country about DC.

Russia

Was one of the most successful countries in tennis in 90s and 00s. They do still well in women's tennis but they aren't anymore as good in men's tennis as some years ago.

Czech Republic

Are in both Davis and Fed Cup finals this year, maybe the best Eastern European country in tennis. Have produced singles' slam winners Kodes, Mandlikova, Lendl, Novotna, and Kvitova, as well as some doubles slam winners. Czechoslovakia was also the birthplace of legends Navratilova and Hingis. Has also produced some famous coaches also for foreign players.

Serbia

One of the best countries in tennis at the moment. They have one of the best male players, a few other decent players, and had recently two women's top players another of which won RG. Also, they produced one of the best female players of '90s. Won Davis Cup 2010 and reached this year's Fed Cup final.

I would've also liked to include Sweden, but I wanted to include the option "Other". I think Sweden has been more successful than e.g. Serbia or Czech Republic, but I wanted to give more weight for recent success that Sweden lacks.

I'd say it's Australia, they've done well, they have a slam, and they seem to one of of the most tennis-interested nations. But I read other posts before voting.

Edit: See post #39 for my top 10 list.

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Australia.

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You forgot Sweden.

EDIT: I see you didn`t forget. Still, you can`t exclude country where were born Borg, Wilander, Edberg, Norman, Soderling etc.

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Atm It's Spain. Of all time, that's a really tough call. Also, do You mean men and women combined?
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Sweden EASILY given their achievements in it with such a small population.

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Also, do You mean men and women combined?
I mean men and women combined.

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USA. American players brought tennis to the masses.
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Still, you can`t exclude country where were born Borg, Wilander, Edberg, Norman, Soderling etc.
I wanted this to be mainly about current situation, you can't get the old days back. But if any Swede reads this, I ask if he/she could tell if there seems any hope for Sweden to become again one of Europe's top countries in tennis.

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Argentina.

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I wanted this to be mainly about current situation, you can't get the old days back. But if any Swede reads this, I ask if he/she could tell if there seems any hope for Sweden to become again one of Europe's top countries in tennis.
Ok, then another question - you have GB and haven`t Switzerland. Murray + Robson + Wimbledon > GOAT? Just wonder.

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I wanted this to be mainly about current situation, you can't get the old days back. But if any Swede reads this, I ask if he/she could tell if there seems any hope for Sweden to become again one of Europe's top countries in tennis.
Well then it's clearly Spain. Most depth of current countries (France also does well there) with one all time great player.

If you're looking at both men and women then maybe Czech Republic - have made Davis Cup and Fed Cup final in same year - first time that's ever happened. Top ten players in mens and womens game - one of whom is a slam champion. Serbia a few years ago was good in the mens and womens combined but Ivanovic and Jankovic results wise have been terrible lately.

As it is don't think you can choose one country overall if we're looking at it historically. If I had to I'd still say the UK - invented the game and hosts the most prestigious tournament that is still synonymous with the game...
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Re: The "Tennis Country"

Not Sweden. I reckon Per capita Aussie is Way more successful at slams

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Aussies.


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Re: The "Tennis Country"

Right now? Spain without a doubt.

The British had their time, the Aussies as well, and the Americans too. Now, all 3 previous powerhouses are struggling. The French have as many guys top 100 as Spain or close, but none seem to want to win slams.

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