The WTA v The American Media
This thread is about some general observations that I have made, this year in particular, reguarding the American Media and the Elite and not so Elite American Woman Tennis players.
This mainly stems back from the Australian open and onwards.
The big thing that disturbed me greatly about the Australian open was the ease that Serena and Venus made it too the final, according to the American press. That will become folklore, as all does with the American media. Forgotten will be the fact that Serena fell into the 2nd round and fell into the final. As Martina Navratilova said on finals day for the "Australian coverage" Quote "Serena has to win this, she should not of been here in round 2 and definately should not be in the final, a loss would be devastating after all that".
America? well those are issues they failed to address much to the detriment of American Tennis. why you ask?
They are delveloping a false sense of secruity around there top players for a start.
The American Media has not Questioned where Jennifer Capriati is, but the rest of the world can point out, and rightly, that us females of the species could of concievably (no pun intended) given birth to two children and have them both off the bottle between tournament wins. Quite Frankly, we could be pregnant for the third time. The American media doesn't have a problem with this. Jennifer's fans and tennis fans over all must...surely.
They also haven't asked about Lindsay, who has managed to garner together one tournament win from 6 or more finals since she has returned. Lindsay is fast becoming a "Solid semi-finalist" and it is a shame to see, but one the American media is quite happy to sit with, alas rubbing off on tennis fans. Surely once again Lindsay fans and Tennis fans must be worried.
Venus? well she is just plodding along as the "Ever the Bridesmaid" and the American media doesn't care about that either. Of course I am sure it would be different if it was a non-american always handing Venus the "Bridesmaid" trophy.
Serena? Well, she is the deserved number 1, no doubt about that, but when she says things that are so outrageous like she is going to go undefeated in 2003 and then the American media jump on the band wagon and believe it and push it as a "fait a compli", then it just compounds the problems even further.
So when Justine defeated Serena last week we seen the American headlines, they were all about how badly Serena played. No where was to be seen was the way Justine actually dismantled Serena (Those who have seen the match will agree) and shook her to the core by rattling of 23 of 26 points. In fact the WTA reported it from 3-3 in the first set. Totally ignored the fact that Serena lead 3-0 and lost 6 games straight.
So the heat was applied by different sections of the media world wide, laughing at America's "Cotton wooling" of there top stars and they responded, with the full backing of the WTA, the only way the American media can:
"Ashley Harkleroad, a future number 1!!"
So what does this all mean?
To me it means the America media are making total fools of themselves and there Tennis stars. They Believe the dominance of American female tennis is complete, the rest of the world saw the cracks long ago and are slowly and defiantely prising them open into gaping holes.
The rest of the world can see a aging Seles/Raymond/Davenport/Capriati.
The rest of the world can see:
A continuing weaking of Venus as her inability to win the "Majors" is slowly but surely lowering down the tennis ladder
The rest of the world can see:
A defiant and sometimes Arrogant world number 1, who is finally finding out what it is like to be hunted and puts her not so dominate form of late down to another "off day"
Maybe she has been reading the "Local" paper too much and actually believes it.
I admire all 4 girls I have discussed here and wish them well, but there is a defiante weakening in the grip of Americans on the game, maybe the Media should be asking questions now and not in 2 years time. By then they maybe asking where America's next Top 50 player is coming from.
Now how does all this tie in with the Thread title?
Beats me, as far as the rest of the world and it's players can see, the American Media and The WTA are the same outfit.
Most people do not even deserve my wit....Let alone understand it