Rank the top ______ players as the casual fan plus views them
As in, Venus is my favorite player, and defending two-teim defending Wimbledon champ, but I'm not so stupid/blind/deluded as to claim that tennis fans, when you include casual fans, think she's #1.
Is this partially a popularity contest? Sure. That's what you get when you consider the opinion of casual fans. Agnieszka Radwanska is, objectively, one of the best players in the world. Elite? no. Right on the cusp? yes. Casual fans have no idea who she is. You have to factor that in to answer the question intelligently.
Rank the top two, top five, top eight, whatever. Take your pick.
NOTE: This includes hard-core fans like us. But there are way more casual fans. The kind who only tune in during the slams, and maybe Miami, and the YEC. Name recognition counts. Bear in mind that a lot of people wathced Dementieva win the Olympics. That said, have a party. In other words, discuss.
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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.