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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Serena and Venus Williams
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

I don't talk to my friends about tennis much. They only know Wimbledon and what happens there, otherwise they don't care much.
I guess because other than Wimbledon, tennis is hardly ever on the main 5 channels in the UK, everyone forgets about it for the rest of the year.

They know Naomi because I talk about how awesome she is sometimes.

At work, a few of the guys in my team caught the Coco buzz during Wimbledon and were amazed that she somehow managed to beat Venus - when I tried to explain to them that she's not what she was 10 years ago they still seemed mega impressed by Coco.

When I went to Birmingham I told people about it and explained who I saw and they pretty much only knew Venus and Naomi.
They're generally more clued up on ATP, but only the big 3 plus Andy Murray.
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I was very surprised my friend, who doesn't have much interest in sport whatsoever, knew who Angelique Kerber was. But I would say the only household names on the WTA in the UK in terms of active players are the Williams sisters and Sharapova. I don't even think Konta is that well-known despite her credentials over the last few years. A few people might have heard of Kvitova, Osaka, Azarenka etc but that is not to say they could name them off their head.

There is a quiz show in the UK called 'Pointless' in which 100 people are asked a question and the objective of the contestants is to pick the lowest scoring answer. Tennis questions often feature and even recent winners such as Petra Kvitova are incredibly low scoring answers for questions related to Wimbledon winners, world No.1s.

I thought tennis was fairly popular in the UK and that Konta was “famous” after her Wimbledon run. I guess I just assumed this was the case.


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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Radwanska, Sharapova, maybe Williams.

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Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova
Venus Williams or “the other Williams sister”
Bianca Andreescu (everybody in Toronto after USO 2019)

Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic (to a lesser extend)
Pretty much this + Eugenie Bouchard in Quebec. Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are quite known too, Raonic a little bit less so.
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Mauresmo, Hingis, "the romanian you like, she won RG, right?", the blonde one.
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My friends not into tennis no Li Na and Serena and Venus and some retired players...

...but I don’t no any players who
play the sports they like so...
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Sharapova,Na Li,Serena


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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

The Williams sisters ("the fat one" and "the skinny one"), Sharapova, Henin (because she used to beat up on Ana and JJ a lot back in the day), Clijsters (same), maybe Seles.
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Serena and Venus.

After that I get blank stares. They don't know the top men's players at all, not even the Big 3.
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

WTA: Sharapova, Serena
ATP: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic

I'm actually kinda surprised that people forget about Venus and Andy Murray, especially Andy. So much for British beloved "Big 4"
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Big 3, Delpotro, Serena, Sabatini, Paola Suarez, they heard some other names like Sharapova Kerber etc. but they´re not sure if they´re tennis players

Henin, Kerber, Hingis, Plíšková, Federer, Thiem
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Here in Slovakia: Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Hantuchova, Cibulkova, Kvitova, Hingis, Clijsters, Seles, Graf
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Hrbaty
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Sharapova - Halep - Kvitova
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Saw this thread whilst on the phone to my mum I asked her to name Female Tennis Players who are currently playing her response...

Serena & Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jankovic and the other vic one (I assume she was trying to get at Ivanovic). Then she said Konta, Watson and Laura Robson... long pause different conversation... Then shouts AZARENKA!


Pliskova, Svitolina, Andreescu, Barty and Osaka are nowhere near my mums mind and I would say she's probably an above average knowledge about tennis.

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I think I once saw a Halep match with my father nearby and told him she's Romanian, so he always asks about her.

I have a friend, who is totally uncapable to spot similarities between people, whom I once showed a picture of Steffi Graff stating that she looks like Laura Dern. So this friend of mine now knows Steffi as "that big nosed woman who you think looks like Laura Dern but has absolutely nothing in common"

Another friend of mine knows Rublev as "the Russian who looks like a crackhead" because we once saw a match involving him

I once had a match with a girl on Tinder who looked a bit like Ostapenko and told her and she agreed.

https://twitter.com/Lewis_Carroll32/...04634804015105

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