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Tennis is Dead?

This from an AP article:

"Tennis is on fragile ground as it is. The sport has been in a funk for decades in the United States and is barely noticed outside the major championships.

Television ratings are anemic, and only hardcore fans can name any decent rivalries.

All it needs is a good scandal to kill it off completely."

The word that gets me is anemic. I posted about getting on ESPN's case and almost no one even viewed the post. There is no other sport I can think of where that would happen.

If you truly love the sport, do something to help promote it.
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2007 - A Record Year for Tennis12/21/07 6:20 PM

2007 -- A RECORD YEAR FOR TENNIS IN THE U.S.
Records Set for US Open Attendance and US Open Series TV Viewership
Number of People Playing Tennis Tops 25 Million
U.S. Captures Davis Cup Title for First Time in 12 Years

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., December 20, 2007 -- The USTA today announced that the sport of tennis in the United States grew on every level in 2007 - - from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. One of the strongest years in nearly two decades, tennis in the U.S. set records in event attendance, television viewership and recreational participation. Record highlights include:
  • All-Time US Open Attendance Record: The 2007 US Open final attendance total of 715,587 far surpassed the previous all-time high of 659,538 set in 2005. US Open attendance has grown by more than 100,000 since 2000. Total attendance of all pro tennis events in North America topped 2.8 million.
  • Record-Breaking Viewership for US Open Series: US Open Series television viewership topped 46 million for the first time, more than doubling in the four years since the Series launch. In total, 121 million viewers tuned in to the US Open and US Open Series tournaments.
  • Fastest-Growing Participation of any Major Sport Since 2000: More than 25 million Americans are now playing tennis. This increase in participation has fueled the four best consecutive years of growth for industry sales since the 1970’s.
  • All-Time High USTA and USTA Northern California Membership: More than 720,000 members for the first time in history, and a record high of 46,511 members in USTA Northern California.
  • United States Wins Davis Cup: The U.S. captured its first Davis Cup title in 12 years. “The USTA has a longstanding commitment to grow the game at every level,” said Jane Brown Grimes, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA. “It is very encouraging to see so many record-breaking numbers, proving that tennis is again on the rise in the U.S. From the game’s grassroots to the professional level, we have tremendous momentum heading into 2008.”
“We will remember 2007 as a great year for tennis - - with more people attending, watching and playing the sport,” said Arlen Kantarian, CEO, Professional Tennis, USTA. “Professional tennis in the U.S. is setting new records and is strongly positioned to further engage fans in 2008 and beyond. We, along with our key partners, will continue to look for new, innovative ways to showcase and grow the game.”

“Our goal is to get more people playing tennis, and to get all tennis players playing more often,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Record participation and membership numbers are evidence that our efforts are producing results. We’ll be launching new and exciting grassroots initiatives in the coming year to keep those numbers growing.”


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it's not dead but it's on life support in the U.S.
I mean Women's college basketball gets better coverage than tennis. Same with HS men's basketball. lol. That says a lot about where Tennis is.

It peaked from 2000-2003 and never came back. That's men's and womens' tennis. At least in the US that is.
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It’s funny how attendances are up, yet ever time I switch on, the courts are 50-75% empty.
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It's true that tennnis is not very popular in the U.S., but there will always be fans. the people who love it, love it...and the people who don't, don't. there's nothing anyone can do about it. there are so many other sports that are popular in the U.S., so it's appeal is somewhat hidden behind the big sports.
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2007 - A Record Year for Tennis12/21/07 6:20 PM

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Thanks. I take it that you clicked the article in my original post and emailed that to the writer in response - right?

That's the kind of thing I mean by doing something to promote the sport. It's strange to me that a post about who's the most popular on WTAworld gets a couple thousand views yet posts about increasing the sport's visibility get less than a dozen.
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I knew the USTA put out press releases that tennis is thriving.
The USTA makes a bundle. The USO is a cash cow.
But do casual sports fans follow tennis? In the US, it's almost never on channels that have viewers.
Do I have that right?

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I knew the USTA put out press releases that tennis is thriving.
The USTA makes a bundle. The USO is a cash cow.
But do casual sports fans follow tennis? In the US, it's almost never on channels that have viewers.
Do I have that right?
Its almost never on channels that are available... With the launch of "the tennis channel" it pretty much screwed any tennis fan not in a tennis state aka Florida.... Before the tennis channel you could catch a tennis tournament on espn espn 2 every now and then... Now all you've got to look forward to is the GS and the YEC, which are shown on some back end cable channel....

So yes its almost never on channels with viewers cause its never on....
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true espn rarely shows tennis anymore (outside of the slams), but if you want it badly enough, you can still get decent tennis coverage with the tennis channel. i get along just fine with it.
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true espn rarely shows tennis anymore (outside of the slams), but if you want it badly enough, you can still get decent tennis coverage with the tennis channel. i get along just fine with it.
Its not available in all areas....
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I'm adding Tennis Channel to my service soon.

Like it or not, without any Americans likely to win (except maybe the Williams if they show up, maybe) more 'mericans don't care about tennis.

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It's understandable that tennis might be declining in popularity in the U.S. In the early 2000's they had Sampras, Agassi, Venus, Serena, Davenport, Capriati, Roddick and Blake. Now Sampras, Agassi and Capriati are gone and Venus and Serena aren't as dominant as they once were. They along with Davenport are/have been absent a lot too. Also Roddick has not quite lived up to his potential (or his purported potential). I think American tennis stars need to win on home soil and they probably need to win big, not Venus and Davenport taking Memphis.

1998 - Davenport
1999 - Serena
2000 - Venus d. Davenport (all American)
2001 - Venus d. Serena (all American)
2002 - Serena d. Venus (all American)

1999 - Agassi
2002 - Sampras
2003 - Roddick

They used to have players that won big all the time, often on home soil. Hopefully one of the sisters can do America proud in New York this year!

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Maybe Tracy and other"s will stop bashing their AMERICAN PLAYERS, WTA players....No other country does this?But.they still praise Roddick!!!!!!!!!!!!...How many slams has Roddick won? What up with this story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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*WARNING* waffle alert

It's a shame this great sport continues to decline, unable to make any sort of dent on the mainstream, global audience. Only our small hardcore army keeping the lumbering beast on life support.

The glory days were the late 70s (so I am told). Big audiences, big rivalries, big money - loads of media coverage. The top players all seemed to be foul-mouthed, charismatic stars. The sport itself had a sense of developing something with its heart in the right place. Tennis was deemed sexy.

Here in the UK, interest and media coverage is generally pathetic. The football beast continues to gorge everything in its path. Other big sports desperately tinkering on the margins to get some sort of look-in with in the ratings war.

I guess the pre Rupert Mudoch era was a simpler, slower world. The casual fan respectfully invited to chose their own individual journey and observe the gently unfolding process in their chosen sport. Sport is now business, and big business doesn't deal in any uncertainties - the unforeseen. Mr Murdoch and his ilk are now selling the us the product .... we are invited to buy, and then sod off.
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