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Old 03-22-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Tennis in Canada: growth potential?

Is tennis getting popular in Canada with Raonic and Bouchard occupying the top 10? I don't expect rednecks from Prairies to watch, but city people could, especially from the east coast. Immigrants probably too given Raonic and Pospisil are from immigrant families and Bouchard is Québécoise.


If Raonic, let alone Bouchard, wins a major, it will be huge and I can totally see tennis being sport #2. Maybe it's #2 already? If that happens this year, they might even get the YEC after London.
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Raonic winning a slam would cause a contraction in the global of viewership in global tennis, so it's not something we should be thinking about.
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Raonic winning a slam would cause a contraction in the global of viewership in global tennis, so it's not something we should be thinking about.
What you say makes no sense in any possible context, so are you either drunk or on drugs?

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Is tennis getting popular in Canada with Raonic and Bouchard occupying the top 10? I don't expect rednecks from Prairies to watch, but city people could, especially from the east coast. Immigrants probably too given Raonic and Pospisil are from immigrant families and Bouchard is Québécoise.


If Raonic, let alone Bouchard, wins a major, it will be huge and I can totally see tennis being sport #2. Maybe it's #2 already? If that happens this year, they might even get the YEC after London.
It is nowhere near number 2. Basketball is number two - soccer close behind - or curling if you're over 55.

Basketball and soccer are the sports of immigrant communities, especially in the large cities. Tennis is already popular but it will always be a niche sport compared to hockey or basketball.
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It is nowhere near number 2. Basketball is number two - soccer close behind - or curling if you're over 55.

Basketball and soccer are the sports of immigrant communities, especially in the large cities. Tennis is already popular but it will always be a niche sport compared to hockey or basketball.
A niche sport? Sorry, but that is hard to believe. I think that tennis is #5 at the moment, behind basketball, football and handegg.

As for the sport of curling, I've been checking in a hotel in Lloydminster, AB/SK once, and the owner has been watching curling. That has definitely surprised me as I had never expected anyone to watch the sport willingly .

I think tennis has a great growth potential and if Raonic/Bouchard (+ young gun Abanda) keeps delivering, i.e. winning a title here and there, Canada will become a very interesting market (it already is) and clubs in the areas with moderate climate such as BC/ON will face even bigger inflow of youngsters. With its immigration politics, Canada is no longer a mom'n'pop store with hockey sticks and pucks, but a melting pot of people interested in everything.
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I'm not sure the success in canadian tennis is sustainable.
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Default Re: Tennis in Canada: growth potential?

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.
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