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question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us & eng

only. why not in anyother country like spain, russia, etc.
On what basis are these slams given to above countries. like in other sports, world cups are held
in different countries every four years on basis of bids or some other criteria, so whats the criteria in tennis, why are they
held in only the above stated countries.


now i know it is a difficult question, but there are a lot of knowledgeable fans in here, so someone might know.

as i said in my previous thread that the russians and spanish are doing so well in tennis, either
on the women side or the mens side, that they do deserve a slam.

australians are left far behind, Hewitt being their only hope,
is finihed, and i dont see any future star coming from there as of now and infact even the americans are struggling but ofcourse they draw huge amount of money/coverage so they can be let go for the time being.
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

only. why not in anyother country like spain, russia, etc.
On what basis are these slams given to above countries. like in other sports, world cups are held
in different countries every four years on basis of bids or some other criteria, so whats the criteria in tennis, why are they
held in only the above stated countries.


now i know it is a difficult question, but there are a lot of knowledgeable fans in here, so someone might know.

as i said in my previous thread that the russians and spanish are doing so well in tennis, either
on the women side or the mens side, that they do deserve a slam.

australians are left far behind, Hewitt being their only hope,
is finihed, and i dont see any future star coming from there as of now and infact even the americans are struggling but ofcourse they draw huge amount of money/coverage so they can be let go for the time being.
so what?

it means next GS should be in serbia too?
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

Stick to Cricket and Kabaddi.
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

It's a relative of Just Cause.
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

Maybe the countries of the Slams aren't the tennis powers today but when the slams were formed the four countries would have been tennis' leading lights.

And it is in no way comparable to the World Cup.. The Davis Cup is tennis' closest equivalent.
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

Because the first GS were held in those countries. They're not gonna ever move Wimbledon to Switzerland just because Federer rules there. :shrug:
 

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Re: question from the board: why the slams are specifically held in aus, france, us &

Pretty much for the same reason 90% of things are done in tennis-Tradition.
 

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back in the 1870's britain was a powerhouse in the world of tennis
 

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Its because of racism.
 

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Those four countries were the first 4 to win the Davis Cup, no-one else won it until 1974; that sort of demonstrates why their national championships became pre-eminent over the others, particularly the German and Italian ones.
 

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Those four countries were the first 4 to win the Davis Cup, no-one else won it until 1974; that sort of demonstrates why their national championships became pre-eminent over the others, particularly the German and Italian ones.
never knew.

They are also likely tourist destinations?? I wonder if they would have a slam in Serbia for example if it were one of the 1st countries to win Davis Cup.
 

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It is a huge issue. The tennis powerhouses are ever changing i.e. Australian tennis is in great decline. However, I think tradition should prevail. It should be kept the same.
 

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Yeah, let's have one in Dubai so that no spectators turn up until the semi-finals. The four Grand Slams as they currently are have history, that's what makes them special. Switching one to China, Russia or Tanzania would just reduce them to another run-of-the-mill big money event.

Plus, organizing a Grand Slam is a massive job...think of how many players, matches and officials are needed. There aren't many cities that can handle one. A lot of small events are terribly organized as they are.

The only reasons some countries are pushing for a GS are financial...they rake in millions, even billions.
 

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Economic power helps these country maintain the Slam where they are. Australia has the smallest economy of the 4 and its struggling to keep its GC.
 

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it happens to be a historical thing

England-France were :boxing: in one of world's oldest rivalry..

french claim to have invented tennis, british claim that too..

Australia was in the end of the world (english speaking world, england = tennis back when there in the 19th century and early 20th) and a brit colony, as well as USA who is a great english speaking nation, and well..you know USA.. :rolls: if you know what i mean

so it made sense to have them where they are when they were invented and held for first time :) and tradition set them on stone :p
 

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Also, another point re: Russia/Switzerland/Germany/Sweden/Serbia/Spain/whatever-country-was/is-doing-well-in-tennis. The four slam countries are generally politically more stable than other candidate countries. Germany and Eastern Europe (Russia, and Serbia) were wrecked in both world wars, Eastern Europe has always been politically instable, Spain and Italy were fascist under Franco and Mussolini, etc. The only very stable countries on that list would be Switzerland and Sweden.
 

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Also, another point re: Russia/Switzerland/Germany/Sweden/Serbia/Spain/whatever-country-was/is-doing-well-in-tennis. The four slam countries are generally politically more stable than other candidate countries. Germany and Eastern Europe (Russia, and Serbia) were wrecked in both world wars, Eastern Europe has always been politically instable, Spain and Italy were fascist under Franco and Mussolini, etc. The only very stable countries on that list would be Switzerland and Sweden.
Yup...tennis was also considered a bourgeois sport which is why it was ignored by a lot of countries with Communist leanings for the first part of the 20th Century. Countries like Russia only tolerated sports like football cos they were thought to have the right "team" work ethic.
 
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