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stevos
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:22 PM
I don't get it! Is tennis big in Turkey?
How are these fans so great, with their signage and awesome attendance. They're so electrified and into the matches.

Lucemferre
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:27 PM
Not big at all. Close to non-existent. It's good organization though with the shady camera angles and everything. I don't know how they filled the stadium. Those 'fans' must be paid to act like such proper tennis fans.

Julian.
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:28 PM
Same thing for Bali.

BuTtErFrEnA
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:29 PM
it's great....better than doha for sure...paid or not they got what the money in doha couldn't

Apoleb
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Not big at all. Close to non-existent. It's good organization though with the shady camera angles and everything. I don't know how they filled the stadium. Those 'fans' must be paid to act like such proper tennis fans.

Must have something against Turkish people.

C. Drone
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:49 PM
They are passionate people. Not sure about their overall tennis knowledge, but hey, they are at least there.

Jizynovic
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:50 PM
they're good enough i think

brickhousesupporter
Oct 30th, 2011, 04:55 PM
I feel bad for them. I know most were probably hoping to see the girl from the annoying Turkish Airlines commerical.

Ferg
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:00 PM
So refreshing to see fans on the tour for once, especially after the laughable Doha YECs.

Zirenka
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:01 PM
So refreshing to see fans on the tour for once, especially after the laughable Doha YECs.

doha is a nightmare
i guess arabian people prefer to watch sports programme on tv

starin
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:21 PM
Charleston and Bangalore had better crowds.

njnetswill
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:21 PM
doha is a nightmare
i guess arabian people prefer to watch sports programme on tv

The majority of the population in Qatar are imported workers from places like India who live in horrible conditions. It doesn't surprise me that most people can't afford to buy tickets to watch tennis.

Turkey, on the other hand, is a country with a real middle class who can fill tennis stadiums.

backhandsmash
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:26 PM
Is it really that surprising? Istanbul being a huge city and all.

stevos
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Is it really that surprising? Istanbul being a huge city and all.

Beijing is a huge city.
And it's not just that it's full, it's that everyone is respectful but also involved. They're providing a very favourable tennis atmosphere.

BuTtErFrEnA
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Is it really that surprising? Istanbul being a huge city and all.

beijing is a big city....doesn't matter if you have a big city if the people don't want to come

Gregorio87
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:33 PM
I didn't understand as most other people who follow smaller events, why is there a 10K every week in Turkey, now I get it :spit:

Much better than Doha :yeah:

Mary Cherry.
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:33 PM
Whether they're knowledgeable or not, they've certainly made this YEC the best in years. The atmosphere, the banners, attendance numbers, it's nothing but positive. I don't see how people can complain.

backhandsmash
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Points taken.

Karolina_Sprem
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:34 PM
The majority of the population in Qatar are imported workers from places like India who live in horrible conditions. It doesn't surprise me that most people can't afford to buy tickets to watch tennis.

Turkey, on the other hand, is a country with a real middle class who can fill tennis stadiums.

Hmmm...have you ever been in Turkey?! Real midl class?! Man, no mid class there (VERY, VERY little)...Rich or poor....

On topic, well done for the crowd and for the country. Great organization, great crowd!!!

njnetswill
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Hmmm...have you ever been in Turkey?! Real midl class?! Man, no mid class there (VERY, VERY little)...Rich or poor....

On topic, well done for the crowd and for the country. Great organization, great crowd!!!

Are you seriously telling me that there is not a sizable middle class in Istanbul?

I'm not talking about the much poorer regions on the center and east of the country, but you can't deny that the income distribution is less extreme in Turkey than in places like Qatar and the UAE.

Karolina_Sprem
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Don't wanna argue about this statement...From me... THE NED!!

TheHangover
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:45 PM
They are great!!! this was the best yec since ages speaking about the crowd

RR-87
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:45 PM
it was great to see the full stadium during the whole week :worship:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:54 PM
It was so refreshing to see a full stadium watching a WTA match as compared to the previous year's YEC's in Doha. They provided a fantastic atmosphere throughout the week and therefore made the tennis much more enjoyable to watch :D

:yeah: Great Job Turkey :yeah:

Sasja
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:56 PM
I though they handed out the banners when entering the stadium....just kidding :lol:

But it's been great to see the seats were filled and the crowd really enjoyed themselves :D

It's been a great week in Istanbul :yeah:

Job well done :bowdown:

Jane Lane
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:57 PM
:worship:
And they even like Huber. They are saints.

LenaDMania0003
Oct 30th, 2011, 05:59 PM
Turkish spectators are very emotional IMO and sometimes it could go too much.
But they are really great throughout this tournament.

C. Drone
Oct 30th, 2011, 06:26 PM
aMTktrNz_LI

42.000 women and kids, after men were banned from Fenerbahce´s stadium.

LeRoy.
Oct 30th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Much better than the lame crowds at the fifth i mean filth slam. :oh:

cowsonice
Oct 30th, 2011, 07:15 PM
beijing is a big city....doesn't matter if you have a big city if the people don't want to come

There's also a cultural aspect to this. Traditionally, the Chinese don't put much emphasis on sports and that form of exercising. :shrug:

Which is why I think more tournaments should be moved to Eastern Europe..

Melange
Oct 30th, 2011, 07:17 PM
^ you have not heard about the China football crowds

Ellen Dawson
Oct 30th, 2011, 10:34 PM
They are passionate people. Not sure about their overall tennis knowledge, but hey, they are at least there.

This.

That's how I saw it. They were just passionate about being there nd happy to see live pro tennis. :)

Mary Cherry.
Oct 31st, 2011, 12:36 AM
aMTktrNz_LI

42.000 women and kids, after men were banned from Fenerbahce´s stadium.

:worship:

Although who let the men in at 1:05? :lol:

neunick
Oct 31st, 2011, 07:26 AM
:worship:

Although who let the men in at 1:05? :lol:

He is one of the Fenerbahce club stuffs,something asistant contidioner trainer etc.,

benbest
Oct 31st, 2011, 07:42 AM
they are number one!

http://gickr.com/results4/anim_dd418400-f6af-ace4-513c-22a85713fe2e.gif

Tenisci
Oct 31st, 2011, 09:22 AM
Liezel Huber also said in tne ceremony that, The crowed was the one of the best one seen in her life.

Tenisci
Oct 31st, 2011, 09:37 AM
I am sorry but every tennis player always says this is my favourite tournament
and you guys are the most amazing fans EVERY week;)

:) :)

Mightymirza
Oct 31st, 2011, 11:02 AM
Yeah loved the crowd.. They were very much into the matches and very respectful as well.. And the attendence was :hearts: Until the end.. The tickets were so cheap though.. Props to organizers.. I wish some of the european tournies also have cheaper tickets :lol:

TheHangover
Oct 31st, 2011, 01:16 PM
aMTktrNz_LI

42.000 women and kids, after men were banned from Fenerbahce´s stadium.

wooow!!! this couldn't even be imagined in italy!!!

Turkey>>>>>Itlay :worship:

Ellen Dawson
Nov 1st, 2011, 06:49 AM
they are number one!

http://gickr.com/results4/anim_dd418400-f6af-ace4-513c-22a85713fe2e.gif

So cute. A keeper! :D

John.
Nov 1st, 2011, 10:57 AM
It made such a nice change to see a crowd into WTA matches.

Andiyan
Nov 1st, 2011, 04:30 PM
Maybe because they have such a huge amount of tennistournaments since this year. 42 weeks out of 52 they have an ITF tournament, that's 3 more than the USA has. :bowdown: That must've caused a stir among the people and now all of Turkey is under the spell of tennis :worship:

1 50K in Istanbul
1 50K in Ankara
2 25K's in Istanbul
1 25K in Izmir
1 25K in Samsun
25 10K's in Antalya
6 10K's in Istanbul
4 10K's in Izmir
1 10K in Adana
1 10K in Gaziantep

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentsearch.asp