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post #1696 of 1697 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 07:40 PM
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Re: The well, at least the Bryans know how to win! AO thread (Andy, you still suck)

The audience doesn't watch much more because there aren't many great players.
The ATP isn't getting much better. Top players are always injured and satisfied with the bad way they're playing. This certainly is not the 1980-1995 era anymore.

I loved watching some Borg, Lendl, Steffi, Graf and the old 2001-2003 Andy, but that had nothing to do with nationality.
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Re: The well, at least the Bryans know how to win! AO thread (Andy, you still suck)

Originally Posted by mirkaland
I think Oz is a bad example when talking about ratings because most of it was shown late at night (or in re-runs the next day). And none of it was shown on a major network like CBS or NBC. Last year the US Open their numbers were up and the mens final had the highest raiting since 2000 or 2001 I think. I don't disagree that the average American (non die-hard fan) is more familiar with American players and will tune in more if Americans are playing. But I don't think it's specific to any one player. Maybe if ESPN and the USTA did a better job promoting non-Americans their numbers wouldn't be so dismal.
During the US Open series, Andre and Andy were the only big names to play, internationally or otherwise. Injuries and time-off after Wimbledon kept Europeans, etc. away. It is not soley ESPN's responsibility to promote them, they need to play in the US leading up to the Open as well.
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