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Old 06-20-2010, 08:56 AM   #16
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It was he most popular sport over here in summer 2001, does that count?
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:05 PM   #17
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Kazahkstan could be one soon, if not already.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:33 PM   #18
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in Spain it's popular. not so much as football of course but Rafa has "God status" there
Rafa is indeed very popular in Spain but still tennis cannot be compared to football or even formula 1, just take a look at the tv ratings:

2010 top 50

01 - Football: 2010 World Cup finals Netherlands vs Spain
02 - Football: 2010 World Cup SF Germany vs Spain
03 - Football: 2010 World Cup Netherlands vs Spain
04 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Honduras
05 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Portugal
06 - Football: 2010 World Cup Chile vs Spain
07 - Football: 2010 World Cup Paraguay vs Spain
08 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Switzerland
09 - Football: Champions League Inter vs Barcelona
10 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Fulham
11 - Football: La Liga Real Madrid vs Barcelona
12 - Football: Copa del Rey At. Madrid vs Sevilla
13 - Football: Champions League
14 - Football: Friendly match France vs Spain
15 - Football: Champions League Lyon vs Real Madrid
16 - Football: Champions League
17 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid - Fulham
18 - Football: Friendly match Argentina vs Spain
19 - Football: Firendly match Spain vs Poland
20 - Football: Europa League Liverpool vs At. Madrid
21 - Football: 2010 World Cup Uruguay vs Netherlands
22 - Football: 2010 World Cup Argentina vs Mexico
23 - Football: La Liga Mallorca vs Real Madrid

24 - Formula 1: Singapur GP
25 - Football: Champions League Barcelona vs Panathinaikos
26 - Formula 1: Monaco GP
27 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Chile
28 - Formula 1: Spanish GP
29 - Football: La Liga Real Madrid vs Sevilla
30 - Formula 1: Italian GP
31 - Formula 1: Bahrein GP

32 - Football: Champions League Sevilla vs CSK Moscow
33 - Football: Europa League liverpool-At. Madrid
34 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Ivory Coast
35 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Korea
36 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Valencia

37 - Formula 1: Canadian GP
38 - Football: 2010 World Cup Italy vs Paraguay
39 - Formula 1: Europe GP
40 - Formula 1: Turkey GP

41 - Tennis: Roland Garros final Soderling vs Nadal
42 - Football: La Liga Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid
43 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Liverpool
44 - Football: 2010 World Cup Greece vs Argentina
45 - Football: La Liga Deportivo vs Real Madrid
46 - Football: 2010 World Cup USA vs Ghana

47 - Formula 1: Hungary GP
48 - Football: Friendly Mexico vs Spain
49 - Cycling: Tour de France Tourmalet
50 - Moto GP: Qatar GP

Wimbledon and US Open finals are nowhere to be seen
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:26 AM   #19
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What about Belgium?
Switzerland?
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:33 AM   #20
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Good Point, tons of people love Rugby Union here despite the fact it is not popular in many countries around the world but we focus on it like crazy

Its whats wrong with our sports setup. Focusing on unpopular non Olympic sports. I can see the merits of the GAA but I dunno what merits rugby union has for the country.
rugby is popular because we're good at it. apart from maybe d4, limerick and cork, everywhere is a temporary bandwagon.

Don't see what the Olympics has to do with anything though. Sure it would be nice have a proper track and field infrastructure in place but I doubt anyone could argue we should invest in sailing, archery, rowing etc at the expense of say, rugby and horse racing, both of which we punch above our weight at.
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:44 AM   #21
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tennis will never be a sport for the masses.
Exactly.
Let them have football.
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:49 AM   #22
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tennis will never be a sport for the masses.
I am perfectly fine with that.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:12 AM   #23
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Rafa is indeed very popular in Spain but still tennis cannot be compared to football or even formula 1, just take a look at the tv ratings:

2010 top 50

01 - Football: 2010 World Cup finals Netherlands vs Spain
02 - Football: 2010 World Cup SF Germany vs Spain
03 - Football: 2010 World Cup Netherlands vs Spain
04 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Honduras
05 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Portugal
06 - Football: 2010 World Cup Chile vs Spain
07 - Football: 2010 World Cup Paraguay vs Spain
08 - Football: 2010 World Cup Spain vs Switzerland
09 - Football: Champions League Inter vs Barcelona
10 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Fulham
11 - Football: La Liga Real Madrid vs Barcelona
12 - Football: Copa del Rey At. Madrid vs Sevilla
13 - Football: Champions League
14 - Football: Friendly match France vs Spain
15 - Football: Champions League Lyon vs Real Madrid
16 - Football: Champions League
17 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid - Fulham
18 - Football: Friendly match Argentina vs Spain
19 - Football: Firendly match Spain vs Poland
20 - Football: Europa League Liverpool vs At. Madrid
21 - Football: 2010 World Cup Uruguay vs Netherlands
22 - Football: 2010 World Cup Argentina vs Mexico
23 - Football: La Liga Mallorca vs Real Madrid

24 - Formula 1: Singapur GP
25 - Football: Champions League Barcelona vs Panathinaikos
26 - Formula 1: Monaco GP
27 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Chile
28 - Formula 1: Spanish GP
29 - Football: La Liga Real Madrid vs Sevilla
30 - Formula 1: Italian GP
31 - Formula 1: Bahrein GP

32 - Football: Champions League Sevilla vs CSK Moscow
33 - Football: Europa League liverpool-At. Madrid
34 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Ivory Coast
35 - Football: 2010 World Cup Brazil vs Korea
36 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Valencia

37 - Formula 1: Canadian GP
38 - Football: 2010 World Cup Italy vs Paraguay
39 - Formula 1: Europe GP
40 - Formula 1: Turkey GP

41 - Tennis: Roland Garros final Soderling vs Nadal
42 - Football: La Liga Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid
43 - Football: Europa League At. Madrid vs Liverpool
44 - Football: 2010 World Cup Greece vs Argentina
45 - Football: La Liga Deportivo vs Real Madrid
46 - Football: 2010 World Cup USA vs Ghana

47 - Formula 1: Hungary GP
48 - Football: Friendly Mexico vs Spain
49 - Cycling: Tour de France Tourmalet
50 - Moto GP: Qatar GP

Wimbledon and US Open finals are nowhere to be seen


Any lists like this from other countries?
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:14 AM   #24
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Not sure about Uzbekistan but Kazakhstan for sure
I read in Tennis Magazine a few years ago that Uzbekistan made it the national sport
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:12 PM   #25
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I read in Tennis Magazine a few years ago that Uzbekistan made it the national sport
maybe Istomin can start a tennis boom. But soccer is more popular there still.
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Will never happen in 99% of the countries, tennis is relatively hard (as in difficult and the fact you can't play everywhere you want, like football) and expensive to play.
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No. Team games are more popular everywhere.
I have to say the tennis isn't top 5 in Hungary.
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Don't think so. Maybe Serbia, but soccer's still probably bigger.
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As for Serbia, football(Soccer) and basketball are still way more popular even after the breakthrough of Serbian players. There is no country where tennis is the number 1 sport as it's not availible for everyone.
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I actually met someone on a plane from who lives in Kazahkstan and I mentioned the sport in their country and he said that football was still way more popular.
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