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Geertvg
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I mean, there haven't been great results from an American in quite some time now, no? Has interest dropped drastically aswell? Can Vania King maybe save it? Or is Serena getting her act together really essential?

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:18 PM
:rolleyes:
www.usta.com

Geertvg
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:19 PM
:rolleyes:
www.usta.com

Uhu. Sorry for asking, was just wondering if the people in the street still care about tennis. I'll shut up and never ask again then... :tape:

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:20 PM
Uhu. Sorry for asking, was just wondering if the people in the street still care about tennis. I'll shut up and never ask again then... :tape: :hug: Just so many threads about USA Tennis its annoying but no worries :hug: :)

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:20 PM
the usta is trying, but tennis was never THAT popular, isn't THAT popular, and probably never will be THAT popular, especially compared to other sports.

in america, team sports and auto racing is where it's at...

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:21 PM
big 3... basketball, football, baseball

Natash.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Well, not in my school really. But in the parks I go to, the courts are always filled with people in. Raquetball too. <3

But yeah. It's not up to par with football, basketball, and even baseball in popularity.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:24 PM
in america... stereotypically, those who play tennis the most seem to be asian/white at least upper middle class

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:25 PM
in america... stereotypically, those who play tennis the most seem to be asian/white at least upper middle class :tape: :tape: :tape: :help:

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:25 PM
tennis for MEN isn't seen as sexy in high school as football wrestling basketball....

for women though, not necessarily the case

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:27 PM
at least tennis is more popular than golf... as in those who play it.... at young ages. golf seems to be more for the old businessmen fogies.

Geertvg
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:27 PM
Oki, thanks. I always thought tennis was pretty big over there in the Williams domination period. And well, thanks to Hénin and Clijsters, the popularity of tennsi has risen to never seen highs, before there was like no one caring, maybe some when Van Roost entered the top 10, but usually, people in the strreet wouldn't care too much. Now every second person in the street basically knows a lot about tennis... So yeah, that why I was wondering. Thanks for the replies and I can delete it now if you prefer?

Natash.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:28 PM
You don't have to delete it. :)

I think it's a good topic and besides, someone here might be able to add an even better response to ours.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:29 PM
It's very good question :yeah:

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:30 PM
omg dont delete the thread lol

when the williams sisters were dominating, tennis did get significantly more popular for viewing, but i dont think it really changed much as far as who played, especially who played seriously.

the williams sisters definitely did inspire a few young people to start playing seriously though, with hopes of one day, becoming like them!

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:32 PM
I use to live in the US and Serena and Venus are the reason why i like tennis lol.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:33 PM
yea i got into it more cuz of them... but i had liked it before them.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:34 PM
MONICA

ptkten
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:37 PM
The Williams sisters domination produced very high television ratings for their matches. The period between 1998-2003 with Venus, Serena, Lindsay, Jen, Martina, Monica, and Anna was very good for women's tennis in the United States. Ratings were good but the media focused on the stars of the game rather than the sport itself so when the players started leaving, people stopped watching. Tennis is still one of the highest rated women's sports in the U.S. probably only behind Figure Skating so I think if an American begins to play well again, the popularity could rise again. The problem, however, will be maintaining an American presence in the rankings because soccer, basketball, and softball among others have become more popular sports for young girls.

Geertvg
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:37 PM
So if Serena were to get back in shape and start winning tournaments and being all... Serena again (interviews, fashion, controversity,...) interest could grow again?

Or would Vania King breaking through (top 10, top 5) do the trick just as good?

dreamgoddess099
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Oki, thanks. I always thought tennis was pretty big over there in the Williams domination period.

Oh they certainly helped the popularity of the sport to grow, just not as big as football, basketball, baseball. But they themselves were up there in terms of notoriety, recognition, and popularity with some football, basketball, and baseball players. Most people still know who they are. In a way, because tennis isn't the most popular sport in America, their results in the last few years really haven't hurt their popularity and recognition much. Most Americans don't really know how much their results have dipped in the past few years. I mean, they're still seen at tons of Hollywood parties and on TV plenty, so people just assume they must still be doing very well in tennis.:lol:

ImaVeggie
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:41 PM
How's the attendance at events in the U.S.? I can only attest to the US Open. Every time I go, it's not entirely packed during the day matches but at night, it's really fills up. It was certainly awe inspiring to see Arthur Ashe at capacity during the Sharapova/Henin Hardenne Final.

IceSkaTennisFan
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:44 PM
I agree with the other American posters here. It's somewhere below the most popular team sports. Team sports dominate coverage. I guess it's b/c they represent different cities. America is so large, people seem prefer the name recognition by city rather than by individual performance. It gives them something to believe in or a common cause. With the big names like the Williams', Roddick, and even Davenport out, tennis is much less popular than it used to be. It is nice to see, though, that Americans do embrace players from other countries like Federer, Nadal, and Mauresmo. Clijsters is the more likable of the 2 Belgians, personality-wise and I personally love seeing her splits :-) And who ever knew Olivier Rochus would be so cute when he cut his hair :lol: Unfortunately, we need an American hope - someone to root for. I like Vania, but she's really a no-name to many American tennis fans that tend to just watch majors each year.

Brooklyn90
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:47 PM
Williams Sisters, Sharapova, Andy Roddick and Anna K are about the only one's anyone knows

Natash.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:51 PM
A few know about Sharapova but she's not as popular as the people you mentioned above.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Tennis isnt that popular here unfortunatley.. we hardly have any coverage outside of Grandslams :rolleyes:

It is also one of the most made fun of sports in Highschool... Most dumbasses either think u are gay or a loser for being on the team.. But i didnt really care.. so i joined in 9th grade and became captain later on :rocker:

People r sooo stupid tho.. i rarely go a day playing without some idiot riding or walking by yelling "YEA TENNIS!!!" Why do they do that? Its not like anyone walks by a football team and yells "YEA FOOTBALL!!!" its sooo retarded... so i just usually reply with "FUCK OFF!" ;)

athake
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:53 PM
Not only in USA, all over the world, teamsports have much much more fan base popularity potential than individual sports, its comes from human nature +teamsports are suitable for showbusiness (means huge money), individual sports aren't...

So tennis'll never be the 3rd in USA...

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:53 PM
Oh they certainly helped the popularity of the sport to grow, just not as big as football, basketball, baseball. But they themselves were up there in terms of notoriety, recognition, and popularity with some football, basketball, and baseball players. Most people still know who they are. In a way, because tennis isn't the most popular sport in America, their results in the last few years really haven't hurt their popularity and recognition much. Most Americans don't really know how much their results have dipped in the past few years. I mean, they're still seen at tons of Hollywood parties and on TV plenty, so people just assume they must still be doing very well in tennis.:lol:

true dat :D

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:55 PM
older people know billie, martina, agassi, petie, johnnie

ImaVeggie
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:09 PM
But i didnt really care.. so i joined in 9th grade and became captain later on :rocker:


Good for you!!

Lefty.
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:11 PM
I think golf is more popular than tennis these days, one signal is the fact that the golf channel is on basic cable and the tennis channel is on like channel 411 on digital cable. :help: And just in general, golf is aired more on ESPN, and all the major networks.

dreamgoddess099
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:22 PM
So if Serena were to get back in shape and start winning tournaments and being all... Serena again (interviews, fashion, controversity,...) interest could grow again?

Or would Vania King breaking through (top 10, top 5) do the trick just as good?


Serena's an already established star with a huge fanbase. Vania is an up and comer and possibly the future of US tennis, but she is still far from being a household name. So the answer would be for Serena and Venus to start winning again. The television networks would agree.

piercerocks
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:23 PM
its very popular in my opinion.. there are lots of kids learning the game and playing it
but again.. most kids won't get too serious about it because college, pressure, and they really do just want to have a life

but then again its not as popular as football or basketball.

Lefty.
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:23 PM
Tennis isnt that popular here unfortunatley.. we hardly have any coverage outside of Grandslams :rolleyes:

It is also one of the most made fun of sports in Highschool... Most dumbasses either think u are gay or a loser for being on the team.. But i didnt really care.. so i joined in 9th grade and became captain later on :rocker:

People r sooo stupid tho.. i rarely go a day playing without some idiot riding or walking by yelling "YEA TENNIS!!!" Why do they do that? Its not like anyone walks by a football team and yells "YEA FOOTBALL!!!" its sooo retarded... so i just usually reply with "FUCK OFF!" ;)

It isn't considered a gay sport in my school, it was actually pretty popular. :lol: But whenever you say you won by whatever score, everybody looks at you weirdly. But yup, I got to #1 on my team too. :yeah: I fluctuated between 1 and 2 during the season. :)

Bounty Hunter
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:29 PM
I think golf is more popular than tennis these days, one signal is the fact that the golf channel is on basic cable and the tennis channel is on like channel 411 on digital cable. :help: And just in general, golf is aired more on ESPN, and all the major networks.

:lol: :lol: :lol: That is so true.....

Slumpsova
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:37 PM
some of my friends there even think Sharapova is American citizen :tape:
this is might answer you question of how popular tennis is nowadays.

dreamgoddess099
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Tennis isnt that popular here unfortunatley.. we hardly have any coverage outside of Grandslams :rolleyes:

It is also one of the most made fun of sports in Highschool... Most dumbasses either think u are gay or a loser for being on the team.. But i didnt really care.. so i joined in 9th grade and became captain later on :rocker:

People r sooo stupid tho.. i rarely go a day playing without some idiot riding or walking by yelling "YEA TENNIS!!!" Why do they do that? Its not like anyone walks by a football team and yells "YEA FOOTBALL!!!" its sooo retarded... so i just usually reply with "FUCK OFF!" ;)

:lol: Yeah, that's another way Venus and Serena helped the sport, they made the sport cooler and more ok to play in the black community. There was a time when if you told anybody you played tennis they'd be like "Don't only white people play that?" But now if you say I play tennis they're like "Oh, like Venus and Serena? Those girls are doing it." They've broken down that barrier and changed the way minorities see the sport. Before there was (and still is) a feeling of non welcomeness for blacks in the sport. Although Venus and Serena have made it more ok for blacks to play the sport, there still is hesitation for many young black athletes to chose it. Especially over other sports that have fully embraced black athletes like football, basketball, track, ect. Tennis's history of non black welcomeness and participation still affects the sports growth today. Of course it doesn't help when young black athletes see all the criticism Venus and Serena constantly face.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:05 AM
:lol: Yeah, that's another way Venus and Serena helped the sport, they made the sport cooler and more ok to play in the black community. There was a time when if you told anybody you played tennis they'd be like "Don't only white people play that?" But now if you say I play tennis they're like "Oh, like Venus and Serena? Those girls are doing it." They've broken down that barrier and changed the way minorities see the sport. Before there was (and still is) a feeling of non welcomeness for blacks in the sport. Although Venus and Serena have made it more ok for blacks to play the sport, there still is hesitation for many young black athletes to chose it. Especially over other sports that have fully embraced black athletes like football, basketball, track, ect. Tennis's history of non black welcomeness and participation still affects the sports growth today. Of course it doesn't help when young black athletes see all the criticism Venus and Serena constantly face.

Yea.. i guess thats true.. but i wouldnt know too much about that lol.. cuz im white :p

NittanyJefe
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:34 AM
Personally, I think Tiger Woods by himself has done a lot to hurt the attention tennis gets in the U.S. media since golf has become a bigger focus because of him. Despite all the team sports here baseball is the only thing really going on during the summer. That leaves golf and tennis to battle for second. When one does well it will often be at the expense of the other. Both get attention during the major tournaments, but golf gets a much higher level of attention for the smaller events then it did 15 years ago.

Marcell
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:47 AM
Harris Poll Shows Tennis Trails Several Sports In Popularity

By Tennis Week
01/09/2007

Professional tennis kicks off its Grand Slam season at the Australian Open on Monday, but given the choice of following tennis or another sport, many American sports fans would rather punt.


A new Harris Poll released today reveals men’s professional tennis trails eight other men’s sports: the NFL, major league baseball, college football, auto racing, the NBA, college basketball, golf and hockey as the favorite sport among American adults who follow more than one sport.

Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of 2,309 American adults, of whom 1,219 follow more than one sport. The study, conducted Dec. 12-18, 2006, asked participants: "If you had to choose, which one sport would you say is your favorite?"

The NFL led the list with 29 percent of the respondents picking pro football as their favorite sport. Since Harris Interactive began asking this question in 1985, the NFL has always been the top choice and its popularity has risen five percent compared to 1985.

Men’s tennis place tied men’s soccer with two percent of the vote, which is a three percentage point drop from the high of five percent men’s tennis registered in 1985 though it is double the one percent of the vote men’s tennis recorded last year. Men’s tennis place ahead of boxing, women’s tennis, bowling and several women’s college and professional sports.

Marcus Jordan
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:49 AM
Americans only care about the Williams sisters and Hingis. Every other play is boring.

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:51 AM
This is a total disaster

Men’s tennis place tied men’s soccer with two percent of the vote, which is a three percentage point drop from the high of five percent men’s tennis registered in 1985 though it is double the one percent of the vote men’s tennis recorded last year. Men’s tennis place ahead of boxing, women’s tennis, bowling and several women’s college and professional sports.

eugreene2
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:54 AM
I'm not old enough to know this but I've been told that Tennis was a major major thing in the early 80s with McEnroe, Connors, etc. NOW IT'S NOTHING. It was on the radar in 2000 - 2002 BUT ONLY WITH THE WILLIAMS SISTERS. Of course, everyone remembers their US Open final getting higher rating than powerhouse Nebraska-Notre Dame football game. Amazing stuff. After they got injured, it completely left the radar screen. No one else seems to have the appeal now to bring it back.

switz
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:02 AM
not very unless headline Americans are involved i would suggest. And then it's more about men.

Marcell
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:23 AM
I think that most people are under the impression that Venus and Serena developed the kind of fan base in the US when they first played on television. I remember before Venus played her first match at the US Open as an unseeded player Richard Williams with the help of Leyland Hardy handed out thousands of flyers,even putting them under the doors in the projects in NYC telling them about Venus and Serena.You could not go anywhere in my neighborhood without seeing a flyer. If any young american player will have that kind of impact, they have to build a strong fan base. There is not enough television coverage of tennis for the public to latch on to a player.

Leo_DFP
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:09 AM
Well, at least we have Maria.