View Full Version : Non-American women who were stars in the States

Aug 19th, 2003, 01:28 AM
As a kid in the suburbs, one thing I can say is only real stars penetrated suburban consciousness in the 60's and 70's. but not being American wasn't a problem onthe men's side. Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, just to name a few. For the women, OTOH, non-American, stars could be counted in binary.

Margaret Court
Evonne Goolagong

'Star', of course, didn't have the media saturation associated with it in the 60's and 70's, that it does now. But being a non-American woman in the 70's was NOT a ticket to easy street.

Let us now bow down in worship of BJK.

Since then, there have been several female superstars in tennis from outside the United States.

Steffi Graf
Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova

Had they not immigrated, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles would of course be on that list. We're talking large-than-life, biggest of the big superstars. And of course, the USA isn't exactly turning out those by the ton lot either. After the Williams sisters its Jenn and done.

With that preface, and noting the rarity of the phenomena, who will be the next NON-American worldwide superstar in the WTA?

They don't have to be great players, as Anna the K proved. But it does help. And realistically, if we get TWO out of all the active players below the age of 25, that would be a lot by historical standards. World-renowned superstars don't come along all that often. Remember, we're talking AT LEAST Hingis-level fame and celebrity.

Aug 19th, 2003, 03:07 AM
Honestly, I think that Hingis is going to be the last non-american superstar in the states for a while. I just don't see Kim or Justine achieving that level of fame here in the states. Thats why americans seem to be less interested in tennis now....especially with Serena and Venus both injured. Thats why I don't think the open this year is going to draw many fans. Hingis had something that the players on tour right now doesn't. I can't quite come up with what that is without offending any of the players right now.....but maybe charisma? beautiful game to watch? and the fact that she loved to be a star. Hingis and Kournikova were constantly on the cover of U.S. magazines....I don't see any of the non-american players right now doing that. I certainly don't expect Kim or Justine or Amelie to be gracing the cover of GQ anytime soon. In fact, I think that Martina and Kournikova were probably bigger stars than most U.S. players with the exception of maybe Capriati and of course the Williams sister. Fame-wise they may be at the same level as them.

Aug 19th, 2003, 03:13 AM
well, if current hype is any indication...all signs point to Maria Shaparova. Her people really seem keen on selling her image in the US, and that yelp is a great way to remember and differentiate her from the rest of the flock of tall blonde Russians (something people can latch on to). Still, I would've thought Dani was on her way to stardom in the States after that Indian Wells win, but she seems to have fallen off the radar on this continent and only gets mentioned for the shock value of her weight problems.

Aug 19th, 2003, 03:25 AM
yep, ESPN would show matches of Hingis a lot too even if the Williamses were not in the field;) that's why people had grown to pick on Hingis's game, they got tired seeing her on tv here in the states :lol:

Aug 19th, 2003, 04:05 AM
Sabatini deserves a mention as well

Aug 19th, 2003, 05:32 AM

soon: sharapova