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Why do you think womens tennis manages to be almost as popular as mens tennis?

With most sports, the womens version is often far less popular, but with tennis there is a great interest in womens matches. Is this because of celebrity style players like maria sharapova and the now defunct anna kournikova, the williams sisters phenomenon, the amiable players (lindsay, amelie, kim), or just the style of the womens game, i.e much less dominated by serves, and the 3 sets max means it often gets more exciting/dramatic earlier. If im not mistaken the womens final at Wimbledon actually gained a larger audience than the mens in America so how has womens tennis managed to shake the stigma of the female version of the sport being not as interesting?
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With most sports, the womens version is often far less popular, but with tennis there is a great interest in womens matches. Is this because of celebrity style players like maria sharapova and the now defunct anna kournikova, the williams sisters phenomenon, the amiable players (lindsay, amelie, kim), or just the style of the womens game, i.e much less dominated by serves, and the 3 sets max means it often gets more exciting/dramatic earlier. If im not mistaken the womens final at Wimbledon actually gained a larger audience than the mens in America so how has womens tennis managed to shake the stigma of the female version of the sport being not as interesting?
Women's tennis has very interesting personalities which does much to popularize the game. In fact,if you would ask the average person on the street with no real interest in tennis I bet that most of them could name more female players than males right now. Another reason is that it gets just as much attention from television and the media as it's male counterpart,something which isn't the case in most other sports. The most well known female athletes are active in sports where both males and females appear in events together....gymnastics,track and field athletics,figure skating,swimming,etc...In sports where the women are out on their own they usually are ignored....Sad but true....I suspect that if it weren't for the slams where the gals share the bill with the guys even women's tennis would be more or less ignored. I'm happy that we are fans of a sport with equal opportunities for both sexes.

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I don't know...

Different attractive personalities?
Great rivalries?
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Because mens tennis is boring as fuck...


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I think a lot of it has to do with the best 3 of 5 vs 2 of 3 at the majors. No one *really* wants to sit for 2-3-4 hours to see the matches. If it's an epic between to stars, it's one thing...

but the other thing is, men's tennis is more about the serve, IMO. A player ranked 100 could in all reality have a good serving day and beat the top players. Women's tennis, there is still a good gap between the top 20 and the rest, I think. It's getting better...but the fans want to see thetop stars play against each other, and that happens more in women's tennis than ATP. I think.
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well, the reason why i like woman's tennis more is because i think woman hit more accurate. they hit a lot sharper and more lineballs and i just love to see lineballs . when you look at men's matches they hit the ball just a lot harder and that's why they can hit the ball less accurate. if you look at a lot of men's and woman's matches you will see woman hit a lot closer to the lines then men. i'm a fan of accurancy over power and that's why i like woman's tennis better i think it makes womantennis a lot more interesting then other womansports because most of the time the womanstour of a sport are just a lower form of the menstour of that sport while in tennis it's a lot different

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Mens games are boring. Unless its Marat It doesn't have enough rallies and the 5 setters go on forever.
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but the other thing is, men's tennis is more about the serve, IMO. A player ranked 100 could in all reality have a good serving day and beat the top players. Women's tennis, there is still a good gap between the top 20 and the rest, I think. It's getting better...but the fans want to see thetop stars play against each other, and that happens more in women's tennis than ATP. I think.
Good point,which in fact does hit the nail right on the head concerning the so-called "there's more depth in men's tennis" argument that you regularly hear. There's not,it's just that the serve in men's tennis is an equalizer. If you would take away the serve the difference between the top male players and the rest would be just as big as with the women.

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Who wants to see Federerererererer win everybloodything?

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Women tennis is womens sport No.1 more than 40 years (publicity, money, tv-guide...etc) - NO DOUBT, and today is very good competition in WTA (5-7 superstars, and no domination).

Mans tennis have always big "popularity" competition in (mans) soccer, basketball, NFL, rugby, baseball, hockey, golf, F1 and motosports, boxing, wintersports, athletics...etc...etc..., and Federer is so dominate player...

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Different personalities and also that the game has progressed to a much higer level then before, thanks to the willims-sisters.

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Well when I see Live matches I talk to some of the fans infact I talked to 3 different fans who were watching some of the women. One of them saw Marion Bartoli practising he had no idea who she was so I obliged and told him that she was from France and her name is Marion and that she plays UNORTHODOXED as hell? He then stated that he enjoys women's tennis because it is not all about power that he gets to see some nice net skills and good volleys. We then went on to talk about Justine Henin.

Alot of people like the game of net and touch. Like to see better rallyes and not all serve and hit hard. Tennis is powerful but it makes the men's tennis boring alot of times.

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well, the reason why i like woman's tennis more is because i think woman hit more accurate. they hit a lot sharper and more lineballs and i just love to see lineballs . when you look at men's matches they hit the ball just a lot harder and that's why they can hit the ball less accurate. if you look at a lot of men's and woman's matches you will see woman hit a lot closer to the lines then men. i'm a fan of accurancy over power and that's why i like woman's tennis better i think it makes womantennis a lot more interesting then other womansports because most of the time the womanstour of a sport are just a lower form of the menstour of that sport while in tennis it's a lot different
I have to disagree whole-heartedly with just about every thing you mentioned. But I guess everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, so to each its own.

I love women;s tennis too. But I see that generally there's less unforced errors in men’s matches, so they usually after the serve have to play a "more tactitional" game (i.e. go for lines and angles) to win the point, rather than hold up in a rally, and wait for their opponent to hit one long or into the net.
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Why do you think womens tennis manages to be almost as popular as mens tennis?
Actually, I have to disagree with your premise. Women's tennis isn't anywhere near as popular as men's tennis, especially live. However women's tennis does have a couple of players who are ridiculously popular with TV audiences, Venus and Serena Williams. Considering how much TV money drives tennis, that does make up for a lot.

As to why women's tennis is as popular as it is? (Which is VERY popular, for a women's sport.) First of all the power is way up. Second, the speed is way up. People who are fans of athletes watch now, which really wasn't the case in the 70's. And of course, since the players have to execute at that ridiculous pace, people frequently see some amazing points.

And some of it is Serena's Hollywood and Hip-Hop connections. Venus' too, but much more so Serena. A lot of people worship at the altar of celebrity. Serena does TV shows, has her own fashion company, and oh yeah, she's the best in the world. There's never really been an athlete like her.

The tour's popularity lies in the popularity of it's stars. There already Chinese who stay up to the wee hours to watch Peng play. Indians who get up early to Mirza live. And of course, there are a lot of Black folks who tune in to see Venus and/or Serena play. Some of them become fans of other players. My sister's a Capriati fan, and my Mom's a Davenport fan. but it was Venus that drew them to watching the sport.

I wouldn't mind knowing how much tennis viewership is up in Russia.

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