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View Poll Results: What is the "Tennis Country"?

United Kingdom 6 8.00%
France 6 8.00%
United States 18 24.00%
Australia 10 13.33%
Spain 23 30.67%
Argentina 1 1.33%
Russia 2 2.67%
Czech Republic 2 2.67%
Serbia 5 6.67%
Other 2 2.67%
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #16
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Australia for sure.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #17
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I'm actually glad there's no clearcut easy runaway answer, the international competition is part of what makes tennis such an interesting sport.
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*Enters Corey Feldman mode*
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Right now? Spain without a doubt.

The British had their time, the Aussies as well, and the Americans too. Now, all 3 previous powerhouses are struggling. The French have as many guys top 100 as Spain or close, but none seem to want to win slams.
Yeah I know, look at who won the last slam

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I'm no Fakervic fan but he needs to save tennis, sadly tree trunk legs will be fresh. Interesting he's never questioned...
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I know you trollin', but if Britain was so great, you wouldn't have to big up it yourself. Others would.
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I know you trollin', but if Britain was so great, you wouldn't have to big up it yourself. Others would.
dude, people ain't saying Britain cause its so obvious!

1 slam in 76 years


suk it haters

Plus we had a guy called Bunny Austin. If that isn't GOAT worthy I don't know what is.
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As for Mugray, what can be said? A disgusting human being, and awful player, and a choking pushing mug. He looks like a kemo patient, bald spots, hairless legs, pasty blotchy skin, busted teeth, and an ugly, snarling face. Typical antics all came out in this match: faking injuries, grimacing and cursing, trying to peg Fed, trying to start drama, undeserved final based on an exhausted old man and a joke draw.

I'm no Fakervic fan but he needs to save tennis, sadly tree trunk legs will be fresh. Interesting he's never questioned...
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:02 PM   #21
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Currently Serbia and Spain. Judging by tradition, USA and Australia.
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Oh this topic is about currently? Then Serbia. They would have won this year's Davis Cup if Djokovic didn't abandon them.
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USA traditionally, Spain now.

Although if population was a factor then us and the Swedes would do well.
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Oh this topic is about currently? Then Serbia. They would have won this year's Davis Cup if Djokovic didn't abandon them.
I meant currently in the light of the combination of great players, traditions, and interest in tennis.
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In the modern game, you have to go with Spain, because they've had so many top players. Maybe only Nadal winning majors, but the depth of talent is huge.

For all time, obviously Australia. Laver, Emerson, Rosewall, Newcombe... Australia absolutely dominated tennis. And then you have old Madge Court with as many majors as all the Aussie men combined (only a slight exaggeration, lol)

And you can probably count Clijsters too. She had some Aussie in her, if you know what I'm saying.
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In the modern game, you have to go with Spain, because they've had so many top players. Maybe only Nadal winning majors, but the depth of talent is huge.

For all time, obviously Australia. Laver, Emerson, Rosewall, Newcombe... Australia absolutely dominated tennis. And then you have old Madge Court with as many majors as all the Aussie men combined (only a slight exaggeration, lol)

And you can probably count Clijsters too. She had some Aussie in her, if you know what I'm saying.
I think USA "beats" Australia here. Pete, Andre, Connors, Mcenroe, sisters Williams and so on and so forth.
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It used to be Sweden
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I wanted this to be mainly about current situation, you can't get the old days back. But if any Swede reads this, I ask if he/she could tell if there seems any hope for Sweden to become again one of Europe's top countries in tennis.
As of now there are no strong up-and-coming youngsters on the men's side.

However, there is some hope. When Soderling beat Nadal in 09 and then rose through the rankings he got a lot of kids in Sweden interested in playing tennis again. Maybe in 5 years or so we'll see the fruit of that. At least that's what I'm hoping.
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France or England, just because of their history. I still don't consider Spain a "tennis" country, its still more soccer. In the 80's and 90's, it would have been either Sweden or the US.
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Australia.

They have Stosur. and They will have Tomic.
They have a Slam, a GOAT, small population, etc etc.

Spain does not have a slam, and lack womens tennis
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What country do you think is the "Tennis Country"? Which country has the best combination of great players, traditions, and interest in tennis? Here are my options:

Czech Republic

Are in both Davis and Fed Cup finals this year, maybe the best Eastern European country in tennis. Have produced slam winners Kodes, Lendl, and Kvitova.
Nice thread, but have you ever heard of these other Czech or Czech-born players?:

Martina Navratilova, 59 slams in total (18 in singles), world#1, one of the best female players of all time
Martina Hingis, A daughter of two top Czechoslovak players, the youngest world #1, 5 single slams, youngest slam-champion of all time
Hana Mandlikova, 4 single slams, loads of FedCups, world#3
Petr Korda, 1998 Aussie Open champ, world #2
Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon champion, world #2
Helena Sukova, 14 slams in doubles, loads of Fed Cups, just nominated for Hall of Fame

Or maybe you have heard about these coaches, former Czechoslovak players?
Pavel Složil - 10 slams with Steffi Graf (including the Golden Slam in 1988)
Marian Vajda - 5 slams with Novak Djokovic
Ivan Lendl - Olympic Gold and US Open with Andy Murray

Or maybe you have noticed that in 2011:
Petra Kvitova was voted the world's best female singles player
Kveta Peschke was voted the world's best female doubles player
Jiri Vesely was voted the world's best male junior player?

Just a few examples.

To answer your question, there are obviously several strong tennis countries:

USA - huge country, which will always have several top players, but they have had no single slams champions recently. As for WTA, it will be interesting what will happen when Serena retires
Australia - much weaker now than in the past, one of the reasons may be that tennis is no longer a compulsory subject at schools
Spain - amazing recently especially in ATP, while no top WTA player
Czech Rep./Czechoslovakia - strong past, strong present, probably the most successful small country of the Open Era (41 single slams by Czech or Czech-born players), has a top 10 player both in ATP and WTA, just reached both Fed Cup and Davis Cup finals
Serbia - great results over the past 5-10 years plus Monica Seles in the past
Russia - another huge country, which will always have a top player, 12 players in WTA 100
Germany - big past with Graf, Becker, Stich etc., still waiting for a new big champion
Sweden - amazing past with Borg, Edberg and Wilander, but these times are long gone and the country has never produced a top WTA player

Honorable mentions: France, UK, Belgium, Argentina
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