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All4Williams
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:06 PM
Anyone British out there?

I really believe that interest in tennis in Britain is on the decline and very dramatically at that. The British ACe magazine happens to agree. So Why are the British tennis commentators and tennis sports writers producing stories that are serving one purpose to kill off all growing interest in the sport. By printing rumours and lies about the Williams in the way they are doing they are not serving the sport but are instead creating intrigue and contraversy that is rather ugly and will certainly not attract new spectators.
Could it have been possible to generate interest by using the sisters final ?

Be warned - You reap what you sow.
The Williams appear to be above these petty stories. however is the sport finally killing itself off?

Crazy Canuck
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:08 PM
Frankly I think that they could help themselves by showing the mens semis over a womens doubles quarterfinal.

Networks like Nothing But Crap, don't help the case.

Promoting only American players, and going on and on about how without them the tour is dead, doesn't help.

Pinning all the blame on the willie's doesn't help.

You are right, the media is doing piss all to generate interest - the american media that is.

Volcana
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:11 PM
All4Williams - Venus and Serena are THE story in women's tennis right now. And given howmany rumors are around, they have to at least MENTION this fact,even if they deride them as jealousy, which some writers do. Besides, the WTA's own announcers are doing it. Why should independent media show less restraint? Can't speak for the men, but the WTA is poisoning ITSELF with this crap. The media is chewing on the bones left after an ongoing orgy of auto-cannabalism.

Can't knock the press for doing their job. And the Brit press doesn't owe American players any favors.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:16 PM
I get stupid when I get pissed off.

I didn't notice you were shooting down the Brit press because I lost track.

I find both the Brit press and American press for tennis to be appalling.

Appologies for missing the point the first time around :p

Kart
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by All4Williams
Anyone British out there?

I really believe that interest in tennis in Britain is on the decline and very dramatically at that. The British ACe magazine happens to agree. So Why are the British tennis commentators and tennis sports writers producing stories that are serving one purpose to kill off all growing interest in the sport. By printing rumours and lies about the Williams in the way they are doing they are not serving the sport but are instead creating intrigue and contraversy that is rather ugly and will certainly not attract new spectators.
Could it have been possible to generate interest by using the sisters final ?

Be warned - You reap what you sow.
The Williams appear to be above these petty stories. however is the sport finally killing itself off?

Well you are in the UK so you ought to know that it's overkill of Henmania that's killing off interest in womens' tennis here - ie. they get much less coverage.

villa
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:42 PM
lol at you people, henmania isn't killing womens tennis, i mean how would u now? yes the bbc broadcast henmens match's live ahead of any women's matche's just the same way that every country will broadcast their own players in their tournaments or any country will broadcast matches of their teams in the world cup. I mean people make it sound as though he's on the tele 24/7.
No the bbc are not going to show patty shynders first round match or whatever irrlevant women player in the tournament ahead of henmen. i don't like henman but i understand why henmania occurs but we are pleased we get coerage of all the important women matches in this country.

The whole of the uk is going to be getting digital televison within the next 5 years, many people already have it, therefore thoese people who complaine about mens coverage being more won't have a problem since they will get the choice to see coverage on 5 different courts.;)

xan
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:56 PM
What I've seen of the UK press hasn't been so bad this year. Wimbledon generates a LOT of interest in tennis, and this means that even the worst tabloids, that never cover tennis at all for the rest of the year, actually provide full page match reports of the top mens AND womens matches.

Of course henman has been the main draw. Live BBC coverage of His fourth round match drew 16 Million viewers - which is a HUGE TV audience for Britain.

Some of the tabloid coverage has been poor, but there haven't been any big stunts this year, like the Mirror's "Beauty and the Beast" spread last year, rubbishing Damir Dokic. The worst things I've seen have been attempts to "add interest" to stories about the Williamses and Amelie Mauresmo, by recycling old tittle-tattle about match-fixing and Amelie's private life.

On the whole, Wimbledon is definately good for tennis.

What is bad for tennis is that the BBC doesn't show enough competitive women's matches between girls outside the top ten. They concentrate too much on the top seeds crushing unseeded victims - which gives a false impression of the women's game.

Monica_Rules
Jul 5th, 2002, 10:01 PM
xan 16million:eek: really thats what Corantion Street useually gets these days!

i think actually the press is creating interest in tennis by getting people tagged onto the rumors the the sport its self.

Jay
Jul 6th, 2002, 12:33 AM
The UK tabloids, by their standards, have been very well behaved this year.

Even Charlie Wyatt of The Sun was very tennis fixated. He even told me he wasn't going to bother to report the Jelena/Enrique love match (which he was asking me about before the start of Wimbledon) unless one of them happened to win Wimbledon or Silverstone.

But XAN is spot on. As soon as Wimbledon is over the tabloids interest will be zero. So I don't think the UK press are attempting to kill off interest in tennis in general. It's already dead as far as the UK is concerned apart from a certain 2 week period in June/July.

villa
Jul 6th, 2002, 12:39 AM
The reason tennis coverage after wimbledon is limited is becuase their are no other events held in the uk, why should they be reporting about events occuring in other country's were their is no brit intrest, they are the brit press not the tennis press, they wil only report what concerns the brit public.

Williams Rulez
Jul 6th, 2002, 04:24 AM
I don't know... the press and media in almost every country still don't take tennis seriously, and this is gonna hurt tennis in the long run. It is really worrying.