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Question Future of American Tennis?

I'm so glad the previous thread about the Golden Era of womans tennis was started, because it got me thinking. With the demize of all these historical US WTA tournaments, and tv coverage getting less and less, let alone no up and coming American players. What is the future . I mean as far as popularity, it ranks way under football, basketball, and baseball. So basically I'm wondering what you guys think is the future? I mean, are we(tennis fans) gunna have to rely on the Tennis channel from now on to get decent coverage in the states? and if so how are we(as Americans) supposed to develope future top players without media attention? Yeah I guess there is the USTA, but I think it's really sad how this sport has gone from extreme high to low in like 2 years

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Re: Future of American Tennis?

The YEC on a obscure channel is a clear indication of where women's tennis is heading without prominent US players. I think due to tradition we might still see Wimbledon and the US open but all other tournaments will go to the TTC.

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its so sad lol

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The general sports media in the US doesn't cover tennis.
The US Open is in NYC. None of the NYC newspapers have a tennis writer.

I don't see how it's going to improve. The USTA will always be able to make a profit with the USO, and they seem happy.

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its so sad lol
Yeah I guess we have to just get used to it. It's just weird to me because I got into tennis back it 2000 when it seemed to be most popular compared to now. Back when the Williams were always on Kournikova, davenport, Capriati were always on tv too. and I rememeber being able to watch all those clay tournies in Europe and all the other tournaments aswell. And if you compare then till now it's pretty crazy how it's changed. Like I said, I guess we just have to get used to it

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The good thing about narrowcasting is that you can always see some tennis, if you pay for it on cable or dish.
But tennis is no longer a US sport that gets any attention.

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American tennis is dying. Pretty much like Australian tennis did and British tennis before that. Then it will be french tennis. And then we'll have China

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American tennis is dying. Pretty much like Australian tennis did and British tennis before that. Then it will be french tennis. And then we'll have China
Really I thought tennis was huge in Australia.. I didn't think it was bigger than rugby or anything but that surprises me

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Really I thought tennis was huge in Australia.. I didn't think it was bigger than rugby or anything but that surprises me
Tenis doesn't have to be huge in every country.
Tennis is a worldwide sport, and plenty of countries help to pay the bills.

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America needs STAR power for tennis to flourish. It also needs a tennis circuit intrinsically American for it to grow, flourish and produce the world's best. It can no longer be a game that rich people play before brunch if it is to survive. In every locale in America there is a basketball, baseball and football league. Kids are introduced to these games early and they are accessible to almost everyone. That type of scenario is not there with tennis. However until this happens tennis will remain an elitist game with only a few talented kids from the lower socio-economic groups making a breakthrough. Like everything else American has no interest in developing a sport that will allow inclusion of all of it's citizens.

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The YEC on a obscure channel is a clear indication of where women's tennis is heading without prominent US players. I think due to tradition we might still see Wimbledon and the US open but all other tournaments will go to the TTC.
Actually though Versus isn't an obscure channel....I think most people with digital have it, but might not have realized it, like me ...

The coverage in the US isn't growing, but I don't think it's shrinking either just growing outwards of the ESPN dolldrums, which I think is good but it is still a change. The future of American tennis will be fine, but it is impossible to predict!
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I would love to see the YEC ratings on Versus, compared to last year on ESPN.
But I don't think those ratings are available on line.

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Tenis doesn't have to be huge in every country.
Tennis is a worldwide sport, and plenty of countries help to pay the bills.

And I love that it's a world wide sport. I just hate that I now have to resort to the a "special channel" to watch tournaments. I guess we got a little spoiled, and now nothing.

Also I was wondering if ESPN's still covering the Australian, the French, and Wimbledon, or....?? I remember reading something about something changing at least in the next coming year or something. Anybody know anything about that?

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I think TTC bought rights for RG

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I think TTC bought rights for RG
Yes, TTC is showing Roland Garros this spring.

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