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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2003, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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One good thing about the Jelena issue...

It's making Aussies realise that there's such a thing as womens tennis. There was an article (filling a whole page), an editorial, and a poll in the newspaper today. That's never happened before. Are we the only country that doesn't care about womens tennis? We only ever have the occassional tiny paragraph when Alicia's doing well. Pratt never gets a mention.

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There was a whole page withg a ppicture filling half of it re:jelena in yesterdays heraled, and a meagre two sentences on dementievas win! LOL

Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!
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There was a whole page withg a ppicture filling half of it re:jelena in yesterdays heraled, and a meagre two sentences on dementievas win! LOL
Why am I not shocked Aussies wanna see controversy...not tennis. And if the two collide, then they'll start paying attention.

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come on really, this is about the first big piece of news women's tennis in australia has had since dokic left. i am sorry but until molik starts to beat the best (ie williams/clijsters/henin) there ain't going to be any headlines about actual women's tennis. the australian public does not want to read a story about how molik lost in the final of the tier IV or V to magui serna, because it just is not interesting to non tennis obsessed people. i am not saying it's right, but it is reality.
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Don't we have the men's no.1. It hasn't made tennis any bigger! Atleast not in WA where we do not even get the USO!
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come on really, this is about the first big piece of news women's tennis in australia has had since dokic left. i am sorry but until molik starts to beat the best (ie williams/clijsters/henin) there ain't going to be any headlines about actual women's tennis. the australian public does not want to read a story about how molik lost in the final of the tier IV or V to magui serna, because it just is not interesting to non tennis obsessed people. i am not saying it's right, but it is reality.
I'm really sorry to contradict you, but when Alicia won a tournament this year, there was a small article about it in the Melbourne newspaper. It was the first tournament won by an Aussie woman for a very long time. Maybe it wasn't as big news as when Dokic left, but they still could've given it a little more attention, especially since Lleyton gets an article for every comment he makes about the Davis Cup.

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Actually, there was a lot of publicity when the Fed Cup team beat the Netherlands last July.

Alicia got a lot of coverage during and after the Hopman Cup in January.

And Pratty got HUGE coverage during the Australian Open - including at least one full page, full colour poster in the Melbourne Herald Sun.

Plus, local tournaments seem to get a lot of coverage - e.g. the Illawarra Mercury (?) devoted an enormous amount of space to the Fed Cup last year and the Canberra Times devotes an enormous amount of space to the Canberra Women's Classic each year.

But, on the whole, the coverage of women's sport (and minority sports) is somewhat lacking.

And just in case you didn't hear the news earlier this year:

- the Australian women's softball team has qualified for the Olympic Games

- the Australian women's soccer team (the Matildas) has qualified for the Women's World Cup!
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