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Old Nov 6th, 2019, 07:06 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Serena (and she has a sister)
Sharapova (fading)
Bouchard (some fading here, too)
Kournikova (still lingering)
and Andreescu (the last couple of months)

Dominika Cibulková · Juan Martín del Potro · Elena Vesnina
Markéta Vondroušová · Aleksandra Krunić · Stefanie Vögele · Angelique Kerber
Gabriela Dabrowski · Naomi Broady · Margarita Gasparyan · Lauren Davis

Kristýna Plíšková · Andrea Petković · Karolina Plíšková
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Old Nov 6th, 2019, 11:53 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Originally Posted by MiggtheBino View Post
Not weird at all. As a guy who follows WTA and not ATP it's kind of exhausting explaining to people why I don't watch guys tennis anymore. I like parity. But, their response is always, 'oh you like watching girls running around in skirts'.
And you have a problem with that?
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 12:06 AM
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My hetero male friend who is not into WTA knows Genie Bouchard, also Alison van Uytvanck, pls don't ask how xd
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 12:22 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Even friends who are interested in sports or even tennis just know a very few names.

Everybody knows Federer of course plus Nadal.
If you ask for a female player, everybody in Germany knows Steffi Graf of course.
Most people know the Williams sisters and that's it. Sometimes Sharapova or Kerber.
But I am afraid that most people in the tennis club (!!!) never heard of Barty, Osaka, Kvitova or Halep.
And pretty much nobody does who is not interested in sports.
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 12:27 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Everyone seems to know Serena. Many know Venus. Some know Sharapova.

In Australia, lots know Stosur and Barty. I think Jelena Dokic may be up there too.

Some others know players like Kerber, Azarenka, Wozniacki and Osaka.


Stosur - Venus - Hingis - Diyas - Jankovic - Niculescu - Barty - Sabalenka
Gavrilova - Wozniacki - Kvitova - Zvonareva - Osaka - CSN - Sevastova
Aga - Cibulkova - Lisicki - Bencic - Cornet - Halep - Mladenovic - Davenport - Ostapenko
Some level of love/fascination for Ivanovic, Giorgi, Azarenka, Sharapova, Makarova, Kuznetsova
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 08:51 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Maria Sharapova
Aga Radwanska
Caroline Wozniacki
Ana Ivanovic
Anna Kournikova
Martina Hingis

And the German players:
Siegemund (because she won Stuttgart)
Steffi Graf

And some know also:
Gauff (there was so much hype this year)

Serena: "We have great personalities like Jelena (Jankovic) on the tour."
Jelena: "If I had to pick someone after me, I'd pick Serena."

Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Jelena Jankovic
A. Radwanska V. Zvonareva C. Wozniacki P. Kvitova
N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
A. Kournikova T. Paszek K. Sprem J. Dokic I. Tulyaganova
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 09:46 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Originally Posted by gold fangs View Post
Is it that interesting? Why is tennis the only sport where supposedly hardcore fans obsess over what casual fans know or think? Why do people like fongoeswest act as though the sport lives and dies by what people who don't care about it think? I'm so bored of TF's obsession with marketability and mainstream appeal. Does it appeal to YOU, is the question, and if not then no one's forcing you to keep watching it.

Football fans don't care which footballers I've heard of (I don't follow it at all).

I follow athletics, gymnastics and golf in an extremely casual way but I don't see fans of those sports caring which of their athletes I've heard of.

The answers are all exactly what you expect with minor variance between countries, anyway. Why is it interesting to reiterate that Serena, Venus and Sharapova are the best known names in women's tennis? They're the ones that friends with zero interest in tennis could name. Some more casual fans could probably name Osaka, Konta, Watson, Andreescu, Gauff, but it's pretty random - if you don't really follow the sport but happen to have the TV on during Wimbledon when a Hsieh match is on, you'll remember her even if you don't know most top 20 players.
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Old Nov 8th, 2019, 07:35 AM
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Seles, Graf, Ivanovic, Jankovic, Sharapova, Serena, Venus, Kournikova and maybe Henin and that's it.

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Old Nov 8th, 2019, 08:21 AM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Anna kournikova.

Serena williams and her sister, Vanessa Williams.
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Old Nov 9th, 2019, 12:35 PM
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Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

1st - MaSha - a couple of friends even follow her on social media because of her amazing taste and lifestyle. Also, at least 3 of them (who know absolutely nothing about tennis) came to me to comment her residence featured on Architectural Digest.
2nd - Serena - my mom loves her. Some friends know her for what she represents for black people.
3rd - Aga - because I always talked about her
4th - Ivanovic - a lesbian friend had a crush on her.
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