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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?

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Andreescu does promote a veggie restaurant chain (Copper Branch) that's a bit ecological, no?
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Andreescu does promote a veggie restaurant chain (Copper Branch) that's a bit ecological, no?
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There's some players like Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem that want to redue single-use plastic within the tennis world. Some companies like adidas are starting to use recycled plastic for their fabrics as well.

It's better than nothing but these guys still travel all around the world with bigger teams than ever. Perhaps they buy the carbon offset travel plans ...

The days of public private jets ads are probably numbered. It isn't a good look anymore and who books with NetJet because they saw Federer using one of their plane anyway? Robert from Cincinnati that can only afford a RF hat? Never understood that.
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Steffi Graf and Andy Murray are WWF ambassadors.
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On the point of the water, I think they actually drink isotonic drinks most of the times, so that's why it comes in bottles. But yeah, they don't care that much for the environment. Honestly, they don't care that much for a lot of things. Their focus since childhood is mostly on tennis and they are rich. They are probably very distanced from the real world.

Also, a huge part of them are slavs and yankees, people that normally are not that engaged in this kind of issues.
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I thought it was a crazy stat that the US Open use 70.000 tennis balls during the two and a half weeks of play. But I don't see any other option here because playing a full match with the same balls would be problematic.

Fully agree that tennis players and ecology don't match well, but it's true for many professional sports. Also, you'd be surprised how many emissions internet usage creates, too. It's not just traffic, industry, housing and agriculture.

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There's some players like Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem that want to redue single-use plastic within the tennis world. Some companies like adidas are starting to use recycled plastic for their fabrics as well.

It's better than nothing but these guys still travel all around the world with bigger teams than ever. Perhaps they buy the carbon offset travel plans ...

The days of public private jets ads are probably numbered. It isn't a good look anymore and who books with NetJet because they saw Federer using one of their plane anyway? Robert from Cincinnati that can only afford a RF hat? Never understood that.
Not surprised that those two would be some of the most aware, and makes me like them better . Graf and Murray too. But still sad how few of them it seems to be.

I hope NetJets is numbered . I don't like the whole flight-shaming movement (as long as you're traveling for reasons) and think if you've earned millions of dollars then might as well enjoy first class, but there's really no excuse for flying private when you can afford the best commercial experience . Kerber, for example, is from the ecologist land of Germany and seems smart but is a Netjets ambassador…
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Of course there's nothing wrong with trying to promote awareness and ecological behavior at the level of individual people, or potential role-models like tennis players. However, this is all merely some stumbling in the margins, as there are "bigger fish to fry".

As long as we keep voting the wrong politicians into office, you'll keep tearing out your hair at graphs like the one below



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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?
There are players how to have sponsorships with mineral water brands but there are also many tournaments that have sponsorships with mineral water brands as well (e.g Highland Spring and the British grass court season, Evian and Wimbledon, etc). It's important for the tournaments that players are seen drinking from a branded water bottle even if the water inside is from the tap, if not the tournament could lose that sponsorship. It's up to the brands in question to reduce their own waste.
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We're all gonna die.

German media now has the wording from "global warming" to "global heating". That's more dramatic
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Three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka is hoping that he can inspire other players to follow his example after pledging to bring his own bottle to matches on the tour to reduce the use of plastic.


Starting at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters, the Swiss No.2 has started using personalised Evian Soma glass refillable bottles. The initiative came about after Wawrinka spoke with his sponsor about wanting to become more sustainable on the court. Due to the length of tennis matches, thousands of plastic water bottles are consumed during tournaments. At Wimbledon, it is estimated that 250,000 bottles are sold each year.
Tennis balls can be recycled from what I've read. At least I'd like to think so.
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Stumbled across this post recently and that got me thinking about the topic as well. She conveniently left out flying less in the caption though.

Really hope all tournaments sell the used balls, because that is also a shitload of waste otherwise.
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