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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #1
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US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

In abscence of the Williams-Sisters Bethanie Mattek-Sands is by far the best American player on the WTA-tour.
Let's face it: There is no one to step in the footprints of Venus or Serena.
The time of handsful of American top-players are gone. No Capriatia, Davenport, Seles, Navratilova & Co.
What will American Women's tennis be like once the Williams-Sisters are retired?
This could be the end of a great tennis nation and on the ATP-tour it's not much better.

The same happend in Germany after Graf, Becker, Stich & Huber. And once the public interest is gone, you don't get young people to tennis anymore.
Tennis used to be a top sport like soccer in the late 80-ties in Germany and now? The clubs are dieing, the big tournemants are all history, there is absolutly no German player of public intereset.

Will it be the same in the US? Is it already that way?

US-top-players (behind the Williams-Sisters):

43 43 Mattek-sands, Bethanie 23/03/85 USA 1334 18
75 84 Oudin, Melanie 23/09/91 USA 863 26
82 78 Lepchenko, Varvara 21/05/86 USA 832 25
90 92 Vandeweghe, Coco 06/12/91 USA 765 22
98 112 Mchale, Christina 11/05/92 USA 686 24
109 100 King, Vania 03/02/89 USA 629 22
112 98 Craybas, Jill 04/07/74 USA 613 32
119 114 Riske, Alison 03/07/90 USA 583 30
127 129 Hampton, Jamie 08/01/90 USA 528 22
131 137 Falconi, Irina 04/05/90 USA 500 19
154 170 Brengle, Madison 03/04/90 USA 394 29
158 161 Cohen, Julia 23/03/89 USA 382 37
183 183 Albanese, Lauren 01/10/89 USA 324 29
186 187 Lee-waters, Lindsay 28/06/77 USA 319 23
192 182 Stephens, Sloane 20/03/93 USA 303 16
223 226 Glatch, Alexa 10/09/89 USA 247 18
230 233 Capra, Beatrice 06/04/92 USA 236 13
243 243 Rolle, Ahsha 21/03/85 USA 221 19
252 232 Perry, Shenay 06/07/84 USA 207 10
263 264 Stevenson, Alexandra 21/12/80 USA 199 27
267 268 Weinhold, Ashley 20/06/89 USA 198 16
276 271 Ditty, Julie 04/01/79 USA 189 25
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

... by the way: Why doesn't the WTA correct the wrong spellings? Mattek-sands, Lee-waters, ... ? It's wrong for a year! Painful bug
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

You can always claim that Sharapova is Murrikan.
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

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In abscence of the Williams-Sisters, Bethanie Mattek-Sands is by far the best American player on the WTA-tour.


RIP American Tennis.
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... sucks.
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I thought Deja Kithcener was the real deal?
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

What's discouraging is that a lot of them seem to be regressing. What happened to Shenay? Granville?
They seem to be going on a good direction than suddenly halt and go downhill
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

Why should that be a problem? I rather watch Mattek-Sands than Williams sisters. I liked watching Söderlings matches even when he was lower ranked. People who lose their interest in a sport because their own players are outside top40 are pathetic, they are no tennisfans and who cares about them.
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What's discouraging is that a lot of them seem to be regressing. What happened to Shenay? Granville?
They seem to be going on a good direction than suddenly halt and go downhill
The girls are spoiled! There's not need for hard work!

Same in Germany. These tennis kids get everything in a very young age and they prefer enjoying a cool life than working hard because they don't have to worry about anything. They've got sponsors, the USTA, parents ...

Better a be a happy world # 50 than a hard working top ten player

That's why there are so many players from poorer countries because they know what they are working for!
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Why should that be a problem? I rather watch Mattek-Sands than Williams sisters. I liked watching Söderlings matches even when he was lower ranked. People who lose their interest in a sport because their own players are outside top40 are pathetic, they are no tennisfans and who cares about them.
Agree! But most people - especially in the US - are more patriotic and they prefer watching a bad compatriot than two foreigners from the top ten. For whatever reason
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Agree! But most people - especially in the US - are more patriotic and they prefer watching a bad compatriot than two foreigners from the top ten. For whatever reason
Yes, thats why US tennis dont need Williams at all
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Re: US Tennis without Williams-Sisters :(

tennis stopped being an western euro-american sport quite some time ago, you're abit late.
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tennis stopped being an western euro-american sport quite some time ago, you're abit late.
Well, let's not go down the global sport route...because we've all seen the crowds in the Middle and Far East.

No, let's not get things muddled here - tennis needs the US, and the US (one would think) needs some star players to give tennis profile.
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I think that there is one huge difference between the U.S. and Germany and that's the U.S. Open. American tennis on both sides does seem to be in decline but surely the presence of a Grand Slam in the U.S. will be enough to motivate some of the youngsters to pick up a tennis racket. American tennis may be entering a dark age but I think they will bounce back.
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Well, let's not go down the global sport route...because we've all seen the crowds in the Middle and Far East.

No, let's not get things muddled here - tennis needs the US, and the US (one would think) needs some star players to give tennis profile.
i was referring much more to the former ussr block, to be honest, but the asian players are getting higher in numbers (and notable names) too.

accomplished players and large crowds aren't directly connected.
the sport will be fine without any american standouts as long as there are other stars out there.
want a good example? watch cross country, biathlon, ski slaloms.
the US have athletes in each of these sports - but the masses are there for others.
same goes for many other sports - and in the mini-world of raquet sports - badmington, table tennis, squash - there is enough international intrest.

sure - maybe the days of the largest tournaments will eventually finish and we'll see the tour lessen prize money etc, but if the athletes are good - i really don't mind.
as a tennis fan i have my interests in the grand slams, the premiers as well as the 10K futures and the junior circuit.
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