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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.