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they are not major global sports......they are region specific......
Um, no.

Basketball is probably the third most popular sport in the world after soccer and auto racing.

Oh, and speaking of sports that are white-dominated...

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

if we take no. of global population following into account, football and cricket rule......basketball and tennis don't even belong in the top 5......
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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

serena is a standing symbol for the non whites in tennis......if she goes on to become the greatest ever by winning a few more slams, it would be the biggest irony in a sport that is predominantly dominated by whites......we are living in a very strange world......
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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

Cricket is only played seriously by about 10 countries. Basketball is played in most countries.

Top 10: Ashleigh Barty, Caroline Garcia, Jamie Hampton, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Sprem, Sam Stosur, Jarmila Wolfe.

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

Cricket is an English-speaking sport , nobody cares about it outside India, Pakistan , British Commonwealth, Saudi Arabia.

Tennis - much more global sport

For instance in post USSR countries nobody knows anything about cricket, and i'm sure that even curling is more popular here ))))))))

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

I think rugby may be even more popular than cricket. A rugby team from China ...

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Google Trends gives it's rates

rugby - 0,7
cricket 0,9
tennis 1.0
basketball 1,05

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

Maybe because in countries like the UK you can be the number 1 ranked player from your country, go deeper in slams than your fellow county women have for years, steadily improve and move up the rankings, but because you have an ethnic background no one will give you any attention because an average looking white girl is doing it all too (albeit less well).
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Maybe because in countries like the UK you can be the number 1 ranked player from your country, go deeper in slams than your fellow county women have for years, steadily improve and move up the rankings, but because you have an ethnic background no one will give you any attention because an average looking white girl is doing it all too (albeit less well).
it was told not once , that even Ciara will be earning more than Serena and Sharapova together. It's not the problem of white girl that top 10 in tennis is not composed by Miss Universes

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it was told not once , that even Ciara will be earning more than Serena and Sharapova together. It's not the problem of white girl that top 10 in tennis is not composed by Miss Universes
I'm not going to even pretend to understand what you were trying to say.

But what I was talking about was not about attractiveness but about skin colour.

Heather Watson and Laura Robson both have achieved very similar things with Heather edging out Laura on ranking until very recently, but according to British media only Laura has achieved anything, Heather is constantly paid dust by the Brits. She doesn't get featured in vogue or get any endorsements, and its not like Laura is supermodel hot, she's as average as they come.

Why would any British parent who harbours any sporting ambition for their ethnic child pick tennis for them when there are so many other sports where ethnic minorities get better exposure and better opportunites (like athletics)?

Despite the Williams Sisters tennis is still seen as a white sport. For years the sisters where ruining the sport (those critics have only shut up because the girls have made them shut up with their results) but now I think by many white folk (probably not the sort you'd find on here) they are seen as the token black players as opposed to pioneers paving the way for other races entering the sport.

At my local tennis club in an affluent white neighbourhood, there is a black family who practice with their sons 4/5 days a week when the weather is good (I suppose they go elsewhere when winter comes) but one time they were there an older member of the club complained to me that one of the boys wasn't wearing proper tennis shoes...I certainly at the time was not wearing "proper tennis shoes" and I could see others falling into that boat too. But the next time I went to the club there was a sign about correct footwear. I assume someone told the family as they were all in the "correct" shoes next time I saw them but I didn't bother changing my shoes. Whenever they are there you always get the chorus of tutting from the other patrons of the club, no matter what they are doing.

I even heard one time a lady asking the mother whether tennis would be the right route for the boys or would they be better off playing football.

To be fair though they're also quite open about their disapproval of the eastern european players...apparently they're the reason why precious Laura Robson hasn't won wimbledon yet.

I know this isn't the case for a lot of serious tennis fans, who want to see the best players pushing the sport higher and higher no matter what their race is. Its the fans who have followed the sport for years and years, but aren't serious enough to follow it throughout the year but aren't casual enough that they don't know the major players.
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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

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Um, no.

Basketball is probably the third most popular sport in the world after soccer and auto racing.

Oh, and speaking of sports that are white-dominated...
I think tennis is ahead of basketball worldwide. It comes second after car racing, I believe.
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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

Most popular sports in the world:

1 Soccer
2 Cricket
3 Field Hockey
4 Tennis

http://mostpopularsports.net/

(I wouldn't vouch for the methodology but )

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

^^that and there are many other proven sources which hand the top two spots to football and cricket respectively as far as popularity by numbers is concerned......
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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

And plenty of sources say F1 is the second most watched sport after soccer. There are a lot of ways to measure "most popular." Plus F1 is only one form of motorsports.

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Re: Why has Tennis been a White dominated Sport?

To develop tennis skills you need equipment, courts, facilities and coaches. So you need to be at least relatively rich. Not long ago, white people held about 3/4 of the world's wealth so they could afford investing in expensive sports like tennis. Although things are changing, especially in Asia, this will take time.

Another reason is tradition and attractiveness of the sport for non-whites, who often give preference to basketball (esp. USA), soccer, cricket or table tennis (esp. Asia).

Moreover, the four biggest tournaments which draw most attention (grand slams) are held in countries with the dominant white population: USA - about 75-80%, UK - about 90%, France - about 80-85% , Australia - about 90%

Also, tennis is very popular in some Central/Eastern European countries, which have almost 100% white population, especially the Czech Republic and Russia (just these two countries account for 20% of the WTA TOP100) and it seems that tennis is also on the rise in Poland.

So the domination of whites in tennis is hardly surprising.
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