Belgians, I hoped you might help me better understand your country's unique situation with respect to your two tennis superstars, Kim and Justine.
Reading various media accounts from around the world much is made of the fact that one is from the francophone south and the other the flemish north, the implication being that this fact plays a larger part in their rivalry. My question is, is this something that you perceive to be true?
Does the North/South issue come into play or are they simply two competetive players striving to be the best?
Is the country divided in it's allegience to the players largely based on language and geography, meaning Kim is wildly more popular in the north, and Justine more so in the south, or is it fairly mixed?
Does the media in the different parts on the country treat the girls differently, or is the coverage even?
When they're not playing each other is the population largely rooting for both girls, or do most people seem to pick a favorite and then dislike the other?
Beyond tennis, how divisive are the issues of language and culture in your country? Do people tend to have friends and contacts across the divide or do the sides keep mostly to themselves.
I find the whole situation fascinating and would welcome any and all comments that might offer me an insider's perspective on how to sort it all out.