which players do your non tennis fans friend know? - TennisForum.com
 33Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
fongoeswest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 904
                     
which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

i asked my brother and he could only name sharapova, the williams sisters, halep and ivanovic (he thinks she's still playing ), then asked a couple friends and they could only name sharapova and serena

Last edited by fongoeswest; Nov 5th, 2019 at 03:58 PM.
fongoeswest is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:47 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 813
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

I live in the U.S.

Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Gauff. Some know Osaka. That’s literally it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Tennisfan0922 is online now  
post #3 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Grigorpova's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,686
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Barty, sometimes Stosur, Sharapova and the Willams sisters.
Grigorpova is offline  
 
post #4 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Latvian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 698
                     
I think in Latvia people only know Ostapenko, maybe also Sevastova or Sharapova

Tennis Tipping
Singles Titles (1): Zagreb 2019
Doubles Titles (2): Wimbledon 2019; Darmstadt 2019
Latvian is online now  
post #5 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:50 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 4,090
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Good thread Fon. It will be interesting to see the replies.

I suspect it'll generally be low numbers, but then again, I think many general sports fans would struggle to name 10 active ATP players.
Paullow is online now  
post #6 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 03:56 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 928
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

I don't talk tennis with my non tennis friends. Is that weird?
faradubii is online now  
post #7 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:04 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 4,090
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Most of mine know of Sharapova, Serena, Venus, and I'd imagine a few will still remember Naomi Osaka after the US Open 2018 final. E.g. if I said 'who's Naomi Osaka' they'd say the person who played Serena when it all kicked off, but if I asked them who Pliskova was they wouldn't have a clue. Well they might suspect she was a tennis player with it being me asking, but if I said who was a tennis player out of say Katerina Cerny or Karolina Pliskova, I doubt they'd know.
Paullow is online now  
post #8 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:04 PM
Senior Member
 
goldenlox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: the cloud
Posts: 112,632
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Safin and Federer

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!
HEALTH and HAPPINESS to EVERYONE

goldenlox is offline  
post #9 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:05 PM
Senior Member
 
EkVraNaamEnVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 5,625
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Quote:
Originally Posted by faradubii View Post
I don't talk tennis with my non tennis friends. Is that weird?
+1

There was a time I was watching Tsitsipas vs Stan at the FO, and cousin said I should put Nadal. Had to explain that the match was live, and Nadal was not on that time.

Most mention Serena, Venus, Osaka for the ladies.
EkVraNaamEnVan is offline  
post #10 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:19 PM
La nuit je mens
 
Sphrontanascier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 86,842
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova

They often know there's a second Williams sisters but Venus' name is getting lost by now.
ServiceGagnant and Perun like this.

TT Singles Titles (5) - Wimbledon 2013 - Charlottesville 50k 2013 - Saint Gaudens 50k 2013 - Nantes 50k 2014 - Macon 25k 2019
TT Singles other results - FO SF 2013 - AO Final 2015
TT Doubles Titles (8) - Seoul 2014 (with Andreas) - Osaka 2013 (with matthias) - Saint Martin 10K 2013 - Orlando 10K 2013 - Sibenik 10K 2013 - Charlottesville 50K 2013 - Nantes Challenger YEC 2013 - Shrewsbury 60k 2019 (all with charmedRic)
Sphrontanascier is offline  
post #11 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:37 PM
Senior Member
 
larryd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,262
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Federer, Nadal, Serena, Venus, Sharapova.
McEnroe, Connors, Borg, Sampras, Agassi, Evert and Navratilova.
larryd is offline  
post #12 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:53 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,707
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Of the current female players my non tennis fans friends who are British have heard of the Williams sisters and Johanna Konta. Konta enters their conversation when she does well in the Grand Slams.
ROSAMUND is offline  
post #13 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:54 PM
Stanning for Andi
 
nevetssllim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 20,718
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

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.
Perun likes this.

Hlavackova, Strycova, Venus, Serena, Schiavone, Hradecka, Safarova, Cetkovska, Kasatkina, Putintseva, Ostapenko, Gasparyan, Krunic, Kudermetova, Schuurs

Sam Smith on Hlavackova
Quote:
"I will now call her LP Hlavackova - low percentage Hlavackova. I hope she doesn't drive a car the way she drives her groundstrokes!"

Last edited by nevetssllim; Nov 5th, 2019 at 05:14 PM.
nevetssllim is offline  
post #14 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:57 PM
Senior Member
 
pattyclijsters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 738
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sphrontanascier View Post
Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova

They often know there's a second Williams sisters but Venus' name is getting lost by now.
I remember that poster about Serena Williams with "Trivia: Serena has an older sister that also plays tennis". SMH.

Add me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mathias.dasmize

Angelique Kerber Jelena Jankovic Svetlana Kuznetsova Maria doped at AO 2016 Sharapova Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Ashleigh Barty (ABCD) Marthina Hingis Mona Barthel Andrea Petkovic Sabine Lisicki


Kim Clijsters and Iceland - my two big
pattyclijsters is offline  
post #15 of 55 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2019, 04:59 PM
Senior Member
 
iGOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Team Vika
Posts: 30,701
                     
Re: which players do your non tennis fans friend know?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tennisfan0922 View Post
I live in the U.S.

Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Gauff. Some know Osaka. That’s literally it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
This.

A few random friends of mine follow Bouchard on Instagram but she's far, far from a household name.
Perun and Seun like this.

My number one: Victoria Azarenka

ATP: Novak Djoković

Crazy Frenchies: Gilles Simon Alizé Cornet
iGOAT is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome