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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 2008, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Venus has to play in frot of 100 people, that's what I guess

I think she hasn't played a smaller crowd in the last ten years
it's very dissapointing to see, I guess it wasn't a big difference on the other day matches


makes me sad, cause I really wanna see such all the stuff out there today
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Attendance looks down in most of the venues.

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yes but not that shocking

German Tv showed some examples, and the most shocking one was the tennis court
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Re: Empty courts

It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number.

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It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number.
I agree that it's nice to have those kind of spectators

The main problem is that the organizers claim it's sold out(and many people form china wana watch), but nobody gets there

Hopefully they realize the problem and invit some guys
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Re: Empty courts

I noticed the lack of attendance as well.
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Considering that women's tennis doesn't do that great normally in attendance outside of late round slam matches, I don't think it's a big shock. Especially not when you consider that the weather over there has been horrible for the first few days. Tennis deosn't have a long tradition in the Olympics. Most casual Olympics fans follow the marquee sports like T&F, swimming and gymnastics. The Chinese have a big history in diving and table tennis, so I imagine those venues will be packed to the gills as well. Outside of that....?

Maybe it will pick up later in the tournament.

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considering that zheng was a sf at wimbledon I thought womens tennis would be more popular
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The stadium was empty all day through Nadal and Federer aswell. Kind of disappointing from the country that is supposed to be tennis' next huge market.


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Shanghai is always packed (BTW)
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Well it's the OLYMPICS, not a tennis tournament. There's a BUFFET of world class sporting events going on right now.

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This is what happens then most tickets are distributed through sponsors and national OC's instead of being sold to folks who really want to attend...
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This seems to be a problem in general. Same old story, everything is reported to be "sold out" but the stadiums are nearly empty. The first losers are always the real fans.

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I Heart Masha, I thought most other sport have been well attended (at least alot better than tennis)

Well, I haven't been staying up all night to watch the coverage 24/7 or anything, but it looked to me that some of the venues I saw were rather sparsely attended. When they panned back to show the beach volleyball stadium, for example, it didn't look like there were more than 50 people to me. Again, it probably had to do with the thunderstorms over the weekend more than anything.

What's struck me most though is that the crowds have been less raucous than I figured for an Olympics, even when Chinese athletes are competing. The crowd for the gymnastics was really quiet, I thought.

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The stadium was empty all day through Nadal and Federer aswell. Kind of disappointing from the country that is supposed to be tennis' next huge market.


I Heart Masha, I thought most other sport have been well attended (at least alot better than tennis)
Not Really. I was there in Nadal and Federer match and the stadium are nearly full. And federer is exeremly popular. Don't know what's wrong with the TV broadcast

Well Venus' match was at the same time with Zheng's match, which is surely more attractive among the crowd.
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