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Tennis Popularity

I believe I've done a thread like this quite some time ago. But this thread is a little diffrent than my last one.

I just read a post from Emilita and she said that there is not alot of demand for Tennis in australia.

The U.S has obviously lost interest in Tennis partly because Andre retired and partly because there are no awsome, dominanting U.S players around at the moment.

I've also heard people say that in England, the only time people pay attention to tennis is during wimbledon, after that they sorta ignore the sport.

I've read magazines that say that Tennis is the second most popular sport in europe and south america (trailing soccer by HUGE margins of course) and is also second most international sport after soccer.

These brings me to my question, is tennis, as a spectator sport losing fan base, or gaining fan base?

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I don't know really. But at least in Argentina, and I think that also in Chile, tennis is definetely gaining popularity. Not only ragarding the spectators (five of the days in the challenger of BsAs of this week were sold out) and viewers, courts are always full of people playing and and little kids learning.
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it's definitelly behind basketball in europe and south america. Problem with tennis is the lack of something new and approach to the fans , you can just see the resistance simple things like video replay and coaching brought on.
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The U.S has obviously lost interest in Tennis partly because Andre retired and partly because there are no awsome, dominanting U.S players around at the moment.

I've also heard people say that in England, the only time people pay attention to tennis is during wimbledon, after that they sorta ignore the sport.

I've read magazines that say that Tennis is the second most popular sport in europe and south america (trailing soccer by HUGE margins of course) and is also second most international sport after soccer.
what do u expect?... we already know who is going to win 90% of the big tournaments... it's like watching the "sixth sense" movie knowing Bruce Willis is dead!! for some people there's no much excitement on it!! LOL
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True, but Tiger Woods is very dominant in Golf and I hear people talk more about it than Tennis. Thats probably because Tiger's from the states...

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I believe I've done a thread like this quite some time ago. But this thread is a little diffrent than my last one.

I just read a post from Emilita and she said that there is not alot of demand for Tennis in australia.

The U.S has obviously lost interest in Tennis partly because Andre retired and partly because there are no awsome, dominanting U.S players around at the moment.

I've also heard people say that in England, the only time people pay attention to tennis is during wimbledon, after that they sorta ignore the sport.

I've read magazines that say that Tennis is the second most popular sport in europe and south america (trailing soccer by HUGE margins of course) and is also second most international sport after soccer.

These brings me to my question, is tennis, as a spectator sport losing fan base, or gaining fan base?
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>>>> About Australia-->> remember that until 30-year ago the boys/gals from Down Under were dominating the sport
**Laver, Emerson, Rosewell, Roche & Newcombe were winning/challenging for slams up to the mid 1970s
*for the women Court & Goolagong were also multiple slam winners at the same time-->> that GOLDEN ERA of Aus tennis will never be repeated again

Since the 1980s AUS tennis has slowly gone downhill with the odd highlight-> Cash winning Wimby [87], Rafter at the USO [97, 98] & of course Hewitt had a nice little run in 2001 & 02

Anyway I still think tennis in Australia is incredibly popular but obviously there was more interest in watching tennis during that Golden Era...
.....Despite the fact that Federer has almost single handedly ended Hewitt`s chances of winning another slam the silky smooth Swiss is one of the most popular sportsman in AUS [even though he`s a foreigner he`s still at the top of the list among any sports]...

Basically the popularity of tennis in AUS is much stronger than in the USA, however America`s market is much bigger [10-times the population]~ so overall it may appear that both markets are in decline.

With the popularity of tennis growing strongly in parts of Europe, most of Sth America & clearly in China~~>> I`m pretty sure the overall number of tennis enthusiasts is increasing Worldwide ...However the distribution of fans is clearly moving away from the traditional Anglo-Saxon base..
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True, but Tiger Woods is very dominant in Golf and I hear people talk more about it than Tennis. Thats probably because Tiger's from the states...
Golf? ugh! thanx God EspnDeportes doesn't show that kind of boring-snob-garbage here!... ... but they do show poker championships (what are they thinking!!???! >_<!!! that's not even a sport!!! )
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True, but Tiger Woods is very dominant in Golf and I hear people talk more about it than Tennis. Thats probably because Tiger's from the states...
One reason Tiger Woods had a big impact on golf was the fact that he was so young when he began winning majors ~ just 21-years old when he won the US Masters [by 12 shots] ... Unlike tennis, golf had always been considered a bit of an old man`s sport~> so Woods helped change the perception of golf.. Also Michelle Wie is having a similiar impact on the women`s golf scene.

Another reason Tiger Woods helped grow the popularity of golf greatly was the due to his interesting multi-racial heritage .. His mother is Thai~> helps his popularity in Asia, his dad is African American [golf had an image as pompous Anglo Saxon sport previously] & he`s also got some native American heritage in him... a very cool mix in today`s Globalised society

The only way Federer can impact so greatly on the tennis scene is by finding a genuine rival [possibly Nadal] & continuing to play his own brand of atistic stylish tennis for several more years~> the longer he can stay at/near the top the greater his impact will be
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what do u expect?... we already know who is going to win 90% of the big tournaments... it's like watching the "sixth sense" movie knowing Bruce Willis is dead!! for some people there's no much excitement on it!! LOL
I read a 1 sentence summary of the Sixth Sense in a magazine that gave that away, then I watched the movie it was Now I never read about movies before I go to see them.

I agree, Federer winning everything, esp. relatively easily is not going to help attract new fans to tennis.

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I read a 1 sentence summary of the Sixth Sense in a magazine that gave that away, then I watched the movie it was Now I never read about movies before I go to see them.

I agree, Federer winning everything, esp. relatively easily is not going to help attract new fans to tennis.
I don't agree....when was basketball at the peak of it's popularity? When Jordan was dominating the league with his bulls. What about tiger woods right now? You hardly here anything negative about him and golf is enjoying great popularity. People seem to enjoy sports played at the highest level.

By the way..you may not believe this but the sixth sense was spoiled for me too and I still enjoyed it!
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I don't agree....when was basketball at the peak of it's popularity? When Jordan was dominating the league with his bulls. What about tiger woods right now? You hardly here anything negative about him and golf is enjoying great popularity. People seem to enjoy sports played at the highest level.

By the way..you may not believe this but the sixth sense was spoiled for me too and I still enjoyed it!

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Let`s face the facts ~ there are simply too many clueless sports fans in the World !!.. Some American journalists in particular personify this trait ...
Anyone who`s ever played tennis can surely appreciate Federer`s magnifique technique
All we need is for the ATP & ITF to market tennis appropriately~ including Federer in those plans would surely help their cause

Since tennis is a man-to-man battle/combat[girl-to-girl too] kind of sport then it is also important for some challengers to step up to the plate [presently only Nadal on clay can do that ]..

Basketball~ being a team sport, is a little different
Golf~ being more of an individual sport than tennis [other than the occasional matchplay event], is also a different kettle of fish
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Basketball~ being a team sport, is a little different
Golf~ being more of an individual sport than tennis [other than the occasional matchplay event], is also a different kettle of fish
Boxing was much more popular while Tyson was dominating, having no real rival

Womens tennis was probably more popular than today when Serena Williams dominated, again with no real rival

Federer's domination is not the reason for moanings
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Boxing was much more popular while Tyson was dominating, having no real rival

Womens tennis was probably more popular than today when Serena Williams dominated, again with no real rival

Federer's domination is not the reason for moanings
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in england as far as most people are concerned tennis is wimbledon and nothing else, unless a british player does really, really well somewhere else. tennis is kinda seen as an elitist sport where only well off people can play. i guess this is cos of the high costs of lessons and other things. sports like football and rugby are much cheaper to people if they just want to play them.
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Problem with tennis is, it's very difficult to manipulate.
Golf is not a real sport, but at least you can place a Japanese golfer in the field. He may finish 1 or 2 'points' behind the elite, but you can sell that as exciting.
In tennis a lot of countries have no competitive player and losing 1-6 2-6 with a wild card against a good player isn't exciting.
Look at Boxing: nearly every country has it's own 'World Champion'.
Etc etc...

Tennis is difficult, a great competition and therefore we love it as the greatest non-team-sport of the planet.
But in a lot of countries a sport is only popular if native people are successfull.


Round Robin format at small tournaments next year is a way to reduce competition a little bit.
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