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What Can Be Done To Make Women's Tennis More Popular?

Well clearly it's well behind men's tennis in terms of how popular it is and we all know it won't get anywhere near men's tennis any time soon, so anyway what can be done to make women's tennis more popular? Surely there are some ways?

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I think it's already one of the most, if not the most popular women's spectator sports around at the moment tbh. And considering tennis itself isn't the most popular sport in general, it's great that women's tennis is doing so well against other women's sports.
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Get the girls to play naked to get the straight guys into it.

Because apparently it's a gay sport.



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Women's tennis needs star power.

Serena, Venus, Maria are all injuried/playing part-time.
Kim is cherry picking about 5 tournaments a year.

Vera, Caroline and cie are all nice girls but they lack the je ne sais quoi that true stars have.

The Tour would benefit for having a native English speaker making it big.
Robson is 17 years old and she's giving more entertaining interviews than pretty much anyone but Serena.
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Its by far the most popular womens sport. I dont know what you want.
You want a packed stadium every week for every match?
They draw very well. The next stop is Indian Wells, where hundreds of thousands will be there.

The main change I'd like to see is to spread prizemoney more, because the players who get big prizemoney also have endorsements. The players who lose early need a bigger share of the pie.

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It wasn't always the case!
We need an exciting new player, or a set of them!

A new game style, will be hard.
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nothing needs to be done - it will emerge naturally.
in the meantime - we need to learn patience.

if you have nothing important to say, please do so in non-tennis forum. if you have something you think is important, but is actually rubbish regarding anything other than tennis - please do so in the non-tennis forum. if you have something tennis related to say, but it's actually "OMG, X player is so h0t!1" or "who has the biggest boobs on the wtatour" please do so in menstennisforum, under "wta forum". if you have something important, tennis-related and interesting to say please do so. No one in the world can understand how much tennis means to someone, except another fan.
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More media coverage would be the best option imho. The more people see the tennis players, the more they become interested in following them, and the sport.
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Lower the cost of tickets to events. It completely turns off the public, as you hear crickets chirp when you watch on tv. Love watching the winner go to the center of the court and wave thankyou to the 7 people in the stands hahaha
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It´s just an unlucky period with a lot of 'stars' injured. If it ever gets good again is not sure.

Sharapova, Ivanovic and Venus will probably never be the same again.
Clijsters is playing few tournaments and retiring soon.
Henin is gone.
(Like this, you already lose rivarlies/match-ups like Clijsters-Henin, Clijsters-Sharapova, Ivanovic-Henin, V.Williams-Henin)
Serena is the biggest factor. She should be healthy soon. And even if she is, as long as she doesnt have anyone comparably good against her, women´s tennis might still be a bit boring. Watching Serena thrash Jankovic, Safina, Zvonareva in grand slam finals is not as exciting as a Henin-Williams final.

A Wozniacki-Zvonareva final will never attract many viewers.
If only Stosur, Kuznetsova, Schiavone got more consistent, women´s tennis might get popular. But only Wozniacki can keep being solid it seems. There is no competition for her basically. Serena, Venus and Kim injured/resting and the rest is just too up&down. You just have too many Na Li´s, Pennetta´s etc. etc. atm.

What can be done? Kim and Serena should be healthy , Stosur should work on her movement, return and backhand and she will beat Kim and Serena regularly. Wozniacki shouldnt change a thing.
These four players can make the WTA tour exciting and attract as many people as it used to have. With occasional Schiavone-Kuznetsova GS marathon WTA might be comparable to ATP.

Nothing can be done, it´s just a bad period. It might change soon hopefully.

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seeing the crowd at the doha peng shuai schiavone match was just pathetic. there was like literally 5 fans. and they still bothered to announce the players' names
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More players like Serena, Jankovic, & Hingis. All great players w/ fun, dramatic personalities.(in Jankovic's case a decent player)Let's face it, the WTA is never going to rival the ATP in terms of quality tennis. We need rivalries and bitchiness to make it fun. The most popular time was when Hingis, the WS, Davenport, Capriati, and the Belgians were all playing.
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Re: What Can Be Done To Make Women's Tennis More Popular?

Womens Tennis >>> Womens Soccer + Womens Basketball + Womens Hockey (Ice + Field) + Womens Volleyball + Womens Handball + Womens Athletic + Womens Gymnastic...

Actually ATP should learn from WTA

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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