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mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Venus has to play in frot of 100 people, that's what I guess

I think she hasn't played a smaller crowd in the last ten years
it's very dissapointing to see, I guess it wasn't a big difference on the other day matches


makes me sad, cause I really wanna see such all the stuff out there today

Kipling
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Attendance looks down in most of the venues.

mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:20 PM
yes but not that shocking

German Tv showed some examples, and the most shocking one was the tennis court

young_gunner913
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:22 PM
It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number. :)

mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:24 PM
It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number. :)

I agree that it's nice to have those kind of spectators

The main problem is that the organizers claim it's sold out(and many people form china wana watch), but nobody gets there

Hopefully they realize the problem and invit some guys

debopero
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:27 PM
I noticed the lack of attendance as well.

Kipling
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Considering that women's tennis doesn't do that great normally in attendance outside of late round slam matches, I don't think it's a big shock. Especially not when you consider that the weather over there has been horrible for the first few days. Tennis deosn't have a long tradition in the Olympics. Most casual Olympics fans follow the marquee sports like T&F, swimming and gymnastics. The Chinese have a big history in diving and table tennis, so I imagine those venues will be packed to the gills as well. Outside of that....?

Maybe it will pick up later in the tournament.

mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:29 PM
considering that zheng was a sf at wimbledon I thought womens tennis would be more popular

Dave.
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:31 PM
The stadium was empty all day through Nadal and Federer aswell. Kind of disappointing from the country that is supposed to be tennis' next huge market. :o


I Heart Masha, I thought most other sport have been well attended (at least alot better than tennis) :shrug:

mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:34 PM
Shanghai is always packed (BTW)

MrSerenaWilliams
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Well it's the OLYMPICS, not a tennis tournament. There's a BUFFET of world class sporting events going on right now.

sunsfuns
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:37 PM
This is what happens then most tickets are distributed through sponsors and national OC's instead of being sold to folks who really want to attend...

Kampi
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:44 PM
This seems to be a problem in general.:o Same old story, everything is reported to be "sold out" but the stadiums are nearly empty.:rolleyes: The first losers are always the real fans.

Kipling
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:45 PM
I Heart Masha, I thought most other sport have been well attended (at least alot better than tennis) :shrug:


Well, I haven't been staying up all night to watch the coverage 24/7 or anything, but it looked to me that some of the venues I saw were rather sparsely attended. When they panned back to show the beach volleyball stadium, for example, it didn't look like there were more than 50 people to me. Again, it probably had to do with the thunderstorms over the weekend more than anything.

What's struck me most though is that the crowds have been less raucous than I figured for an Olympics, even when Chinese athletes are competing. The crowd for the gymnastics was really quiet, I thought.

Bus
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:52 PM
The stadium was empty all day through Nadal and Federer aswell. Kind of disappointing from the country that is supposed to be tennis' next huge market. :o


I Heart Masha, I thought most other sport have been well attended (at least alot better than tennis) :shrug:

Not Really. I was there in Nadal and Federer match and the stadium are nearly full. And federer is exeremly popular. Don't know what's wrong with the TV broadcast :confused:

Well Venus' match was at the same time with Zheng's match, which is surely more attractive among the crowd.

Dodoboy.
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:09 PM
It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number. :)

That's a great story!

What match was this?

I agree, i would prefer this kind of audience. For most of them i think that is the case and that is really super!

stevos
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I saw the Federer match and the stadium seemed almost full? And I had watched the end of the Serena match, and it was the same then as well.

Plus its early days with a lot of rain, and crappy scheduling. It'll pick up.

winone23
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:15 PM
I saw some of Venus' match and the stadium filled up at some point.

terjw
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:25 PM
It looked like a lot of people at the Na Li vs Sveta match. :)

Vamos.
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:32 PM
It doesn't matter if it was 100 or 1,000.

During the match, I saw a woman (most likely from China) who was watching and it looked like it may have been the first professional tennis match she'd ever seen. She was clutching onto her purse and she looked so excited and so into the match. Like a kid in a candy store.

It's that type of audience member that makes it worth it. Not the number. :)

Ye, I mean, as long as she is there. I've always been an advocate of making one-seater stadiums anyway and just inviting her along. The atmosphere would be more electric than the proposed 10,000, lets be honest.

lympyisthebest
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:42 PM
Li vs Sveta was 3/4 full.

Serenita
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:16 PM
i was watching serena's match and people where so exciting. you heard a lot of oohs and ahhhs.

Alexj
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Safinas match had 20 people max.

tae04
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Well there are 100 of other events going on. Besides I think the basketball and badmindton are probably the most popular sports.

Slutiana
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Even though there wasn't many, they were really loud and animated in the Venus match. There's no difference with mens tennis... Murrays match (which was going on at the same time) was even emptier.

Dodoboy.
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:41 PM
Safinas match had 20 people max.

That's 19 more people than i thought would be there :shrug:

mr_burns
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:00 PM
That's 19 more people than i thought would be there :shrug:

In ITF torunamnets you have more spectators, other sports doesn't effect tennis, you buy your ticket for the sport U have choosen, and tennis is sold out

And they don't deserve to play for themselves


Hope it will improove

KoOlMaNsEaN
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:10 PM
I think the rain had something to do with it

Piotr'ek
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:11 PM
LOL, empty my ass :p

Peoples there are forced to go there by the goverment. Forget about empty seats, it is officially forbidden by powerfull peoples.

Amalgamate
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:51 PM
The olympics fans are so funny during the points :lol: Always oohing and ahing during the point!

Tennisstar86
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:05 AM
hrmm... i noticed during the gymnastics the seats were also fairly empty.... you'd think with the billians of people and the threat of re-education they could manage to fill the seats....maybe people arent driving to the events to help decrease smog?!?!

njnetswill
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:01 AM
People here are so eager to belittle the Chinese. As if the Chinese government would waste resources to force people to watch tennis.

The seats are empty for the same reasons that there are empty seats at any other tournament in the world. Tickets are expensive, and for Chinese spectators they would rather have reserved seating for more popular events (gymnastics, basketball, diving, badminton, table tennis, swimming, track&field) than tennis, unless there are marquee names like Nadal, Li Na, Federer etc. playing.

I got to watch the end of Roger's match and the crowd seemed quite large, and that was for a 1RD match. I expect seats to be sold out for the latter rounds, just like at most major tournaments.

Havok
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:19 AM
Well it's the OLYMPICS, not a tennis tournament. There's a BUFFET of world class sporting events going on right now.
Exactly. I really don't think people realize this!