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Old Oct 6th, 2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

Don't post your favorites but the players you think are most important to promote the tour, to get public interest etc.

Considering that China is such a huge country and Na Li broke all the records for most spectators (French Open Final 2010 - Bejing 2012) she is sure very important for the tour - at least in Asia. Esp cause Jie Zheng and Shuai Peng are miles behind her.


In my opinion:

1. Sharapova
2. Serena Williams
3. Li
4. Venus Williams
5. Ivanovic
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Old Oct 6th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

An indicater is the Forbes Magazine List of the Highest Paid Athletes
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Old Oct 6th, 2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

Polish band and Sugar, obviously.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

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An indicater is the Forbes Magazine List of the Highest Paid Athletes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbade...id-athletes/2/

I guess there's no doubt about the Top 3
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

1. Williams 2. Sharapova in my opinion
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

WTA need to start promoting the newer top players and the newer generation, they won't have Sharapova/Serena forever
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WTA need to start promoting the newer top players and the newer generation, they won't have Sharapova/Serena forever
This may apply to Serena but Sharapova's not that much older than the other young top players.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

1)Masha, Serena
2) Azarenka, Li


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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

Vika and Caro definitely need to be climbing higher in the next few years as I think both are great advocates for the sport.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

I term of promiting WTA? globally than i say

Sharapova - Serena - by far 2 biggest stars and names worldwide

Than 2nd tier names would be Li, Ivanovic, Stosur, maybe even Vika - Venus don´t know how important she is now, but definitely is not on top like years before

I forgot Caroline even she is not No.1 anymore she is good for marketing - and was 2 years No.1 so she made ,,name,, for her
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

1st level: Sharapova, Serena
2nd level: Li, Azarenka, Kvitova,
3rd level: Caro, Aga, stosur, Ivanovic
4th level: Bartoli, Kerber, Kirikenko, Cibulkova
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

Williams and Sharapova are the world wide most famous athlets for this sport.

Ivanovic is pretty popular too, but IMO Caroline promoted tennis when she was world n°1 like none did before her (for once let out the hate for her game etc.) but she really spent a lot of time for the WTA making promotions and advertising. She's really well known out of the world of tennis too and despite all the critics she's done a lot for the wta.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

Serena, Sharapova and Li.
Venus belongs to this group but is totally overshadowed by Serena nowadays.
Ivanovic has had her chance but failed to use it.
Others are still a who?-bunch of players compared to Anna Kournikova.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

As others have said... Serena, Sharapova and Li - there are plenty of others who attract some interest for a variety of reasons (Venus, Kvitova, Wozniacki, Azarenka, Ivanovic, Hantuchova, etc) but I think only those 3 have real marketing power at present.
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Re: Who are the most important players for the tour worldwide?

You can't ever disregard Venus because she and Serena will always be seen as the Williams Sisters. That sold and that still sells

Li is a player for 2 billion people even if she's pretty much unknown in the rest of the world.

What I notice the most though is that the WTA as a product doesn't sell as much as say 4 years ago. Even Sharapova's name isn't thrown around as much even if she's still women's tennis "highlight".
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