From growing up here, I can tell you that tennis was never one of the top sports in terms of popularity. In high school there were always more kids trying out for hockey, football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. On the other hand I think that might have been more to do with all of those being team sports. When kids are growing up and going through school around here they usually are encouraged to play all these team sports, while tennis is rarely introduced because it's more individual and the courts/racquets aren't usually available.
Not to say it's dead around here in terms of tennis or anything, it's still in the top 10 sports played I'm sure and there are plenty of courts and clubs around. I'm lucky to be living a 5 minute walk away from some public courts
The thing about the clubs is that membership is too expensive for a lot of people to make good use of it.
So overall I think there is a lot of tennis potential in Canada and people really enjoy playing it here, but it just seems that people tend to gravitate to team sports more when they're young. I'm glad to see Raonic and Bouchard doing well (haters be damned
) because they might inspire more kids to try out tennis early.
Also the tennis coverage has predictably gotten better as Raonic/Bouchard have risen up the ranks
Can't complain about that.