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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Acknowledging the crowd

I've been watching a bit of old tennis lately and one thing I started to realize is that players didn't acknowledge the crowd the way they do today after shaking hands with the umpire and going to their chair.

Sure players still raised their arms whatever in celebrating after winning but it's kind surprising to see that players didn't wave to the crowd after a match the way we see it so often today.

Can anyone figure out why this changed over the years?
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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Re: Acknowledging the crowd

This has changed with technology and the commercialisation of the game.
Today, with the bigscreens, on court interviews, and the advanced camera work that we have, the crowd is brought much closer to the player, and this is felt by both parties in my opinion. With the advancement in the media, the crowd is often aware of any contreversies and issues sourounding certain players, there is a whole celebrity aspect to the game that never existed in the past, which changes the relationship between a player and their fans, both on court and off court.
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Old Mar 12th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #3
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Re: Acknowledging the crowd

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This has changed with technology and the commercialisation of the game.
Today, with the bigscreens, on court interviews, and the advanced camera work that we have, the crowd is brought much closer to the player, and this is felt by both parties in my opinion. With the advancement in the media, the crowd is often aware of any contreversies and issues sourounding certain players, there is a whole celebrity aspect to the game that never existed in the past, which changes the relationship between a player and their fans, both on court and off court.
I can agree with a lot you have to say except for the fact the top players of say 20 years ago where all big celebrities in their own right.

So to see Chris Evert just go to her chair and not acknowledge the crowd after a big win seems strange to me today even though it was the norm then and somehow I blinked and everybody does it today.
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