Tennis (players) and ecology
I remember a thread a while ago either here or on MTF asking whether tennis should change its format so that players fly less now that we're in a climate change crisis.
While that is definitely a question worth asking, it has also bothered me for a while how, beyond the flying, tennis, and tennis players in general seem totally oblivious to ecological issues. For years it didn't surprise me since few people gave a shit about climate change, but now that has totally changed and it feels like everyone (at least among my young, mostly liberal demographic) is endlessly talking about how to enact more positive change and what they can do.
Nevertheless, numerous tennis players promote private jets and fancy cars, and even more egregious to me is that I have never once seen a player use his/her own water bottle during a match; instead they go through literally packets of single-use bottles each match. Several players also promote bottled water brands, which is a horrid and pointless industry since clean tap water is obviously not hard to come by for rich, successful players in developed countries. Finally Evian and the players who endorse it are talking about recycling, but that campaign is ludicrous considering they're promoting building mountains of plastic in the meantime.
I know Wimbledon (I believe) finally stopped wrapping every single racquet in plastic film to reduce waste, but it seems that every other tournament still does so and none of the players seem to care or speak out in the slightest.
So why are tennis players seemingly so oblivious about ecology? Are they greedy, clueless, or maybe contractually obliged to promote certain brands (ie drinking the sponsored water instead of bringing their own reusable bottle)? Are there any players who seem more awake about this issue? And are there any other examples of either good things happening or ways tennis culture in general could reduce its waste and carbon footprint?
My number one: Victoria Azarenka
ATP: Novak Djoković
Crazy Frenchies: Gilles Simon Alizé Cornet