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Yeah, I find some other reason to follow the results 21 75.00%
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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2006, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Do You Follow the Players, or the Game?

There have been a lot of discussions here about how to fix what is perceived to be an ailing sport. One of the tactics discussed is to market the players better, so that the public gets to know them better-- and will be more inclined to follow them-- as individuals.

Lately, the discussions involve (in part) getting players healthy and making them honor their commitments, so that tournaments don't get slammed when players pull out. The damage is done, ironically, when the popular players-- the ones the public knows-- don't play; ticket sales can fall off if the top two players in a tournament don't make it (for whatever reason) or even show up and lose early. It's only natural for the public to want to see the big-name players; we do it ourselves here on the forum. How often have posters commented that they're no longer interested in a tournament because their favorite players lost or didn't play?

So here's the question: if all of the players you follow closely skip a tournament or lose early, do you still follow the results of that tournament? (I'm not talking about Tier XVI tournaments; I'm talking about, say, Tier III and up.) Does the game interest you even when the players who do so aren't in it?

(There are only two choices for a reason. Be honest.)

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2006, 01:06 AM
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not really.

If Venus and Serena are not playing, then I usuaslly dont watch it. Its a bit sad but then again I only like to see them win
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Yeah I still follow it because I love tennis,not just the players.Me and tennis are like me and getting drunk,we are tight.
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Definitely player - Kim. I mean I may watch later rounds if she's beaten. I certainly watch the Wimbledon final - but I do lose a lot of interest in the tournament. What I don't do is create thread after thread whining on about how the tournament is boring, the worst ever - no quality, and holds no interest like some Williams fans did at RG and Wimbledon after Vee got beaten.

I think there's room for all types of fan though. I think some pure tennis fans who watch because of the game look down on us pure player supporters as inferior.
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yeah i definitely continue to follow tennis. i mean, put it this way, mary has been out since february and ive still followed practically every tournament since then. i love to watch players i have never seen before and find new players i like but the main reason for continuing to follow the tour is that i love tennis - whether my favourites are playing or not
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When Iveta and Daniela lost (2nd round for Iveta ), I definetely lost interest in the tournament but will knows results but like, no excitement.

So I follow Iveta and Daniela, not the game.
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Yes, I watch when my non-faves play, but not if it's boring tennis (but then I don't watch it when it's a boring match that my faves play).




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I follow the sport mainly for my favorite player, Lindsay, who has been absent for months now. But where I don't have interest in the results of these tournaments I still watch them because I love the sport. However, it's touchy as the emotional investment of having someone to cheer for throughout a tournament isn't there. Its give and take.
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I love the game of tennis.
My favorite player isn't paying right now [Lindsay] but I'm curious as to how the lately apathetic Kim will defend her points this summer.
I check the scores for the smaller tournis as well and find new favorites to watch.
I can't wait to see the Forest Hills tourni in a couple of weeks.

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There is no game without the players, so I can't answer this question.

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There is no game without the players, so I can't answer this question.
You are nitpicking. Replace "players" with "favourites". Unless that is what you meant.




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Depends...

I'm watching Golovin and Schnyder right now, its a pretty good match so far but its no big deal

I'll watch anyone if its a Slam but regular tennis, with no real rooting interest...

... I guess it depends on what else is on TV and how good looking the players are.
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You are nitpicking. Replace "players" with "favourites". Unless that is what you meant.
Unless it's someone I really want to see in person, I'd rather spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon playing tennis than watching tennis.

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