Originally Posted by Purple Rainbow
In Holland tennis has taken a major slump after the succesfull generation of Krajicek, Eltingh, Haarhuis and Siemerink.
Exactly the same over here, when Thomas Muster stopped playing
I never understood why people are only interested in a sport when one of their fellow country men/women is doing well.
As for Roger's popoluarity over here: Those you ever hold a raquet in their hands themselves, do know him and he is highly appreciated. Roger is also known to those who just follow sports very generally, "oh yeah, the Swiss tennis player", that's a comment you would hear.
The group watching sports just to satisfy their nationalistic instincts (thereby supporting a football team which never achieves anything
, but is on TV all the time) would say: "oh, tennis, Thomas Muster....."
And finally: winter sports is generally much more popular in Austria, both in front of the TV and people doing it themselves.