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"Women's tennis is twice as popular as men's tennis...because of Venus and Serena"

Not my opinion, but of Sports Marketing Group managing director Nye Lavalle. His full quote is this:
"Golf is increasing its cool because of one man -- Tiger Woods. We see the same thing happening in women's tennis because of the Williams sisters. Women's tennis is twice as popular as men's tennis right now. Without question it's because of Venus and Serena Williams."
Whole article (which deals mostly with Golf) is at: http://www.charleston.net/stories/081903/spo_ss047818.shtml
 

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true. you either love to love the sisters or love to hate them. just like a certain Ms Hingis :)
 

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I assume this comment was made before the last Wimbledon, which showed a 14 percent drop in TV ratings in the US for the women's final. I think the Williams sisters have already lost some of their luster because they generally play such bad matches against each other.

Men's tennis has produced much better tennis in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, the players on the men's side are not very colorful.

But other players on the women's side were just as colorful as the Williams sisters and fyi, Tiger Woods has not won a major in his last six tries. Its usually a mistake to bet the farm on any single athlete in any sport.
 

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TonyP said:
I assume this comment was made before the last Wimbledon, which showed a 14 percent drop in TV ratings in the US for the women's final. I think the Williams sisters have already lost some of their luster because they generally play such bad matches against each other.
it was 13%lower not 14 :rolleyes: Meanwhile going from 4.6 to 4. 0 is not as bad as "some" want us to believe. :eek:
 

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I don't know when the comments were made but reading the article it seems to me that they were made after the PGA championships (which was after Wimbledon?). Btw, I think the 13% drop in TV rating was for both the mens and womens Wimbledon finals so you can attribute that to the drop in popularity of Tennis in general in US rather than the Williams sisters.
 

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i actually prefer mens matches but the reason i love womens tennis more is because the men have NO PERSONALITY! Andy Roddick gets a lot of shit for actually owning one. 99% of the players on the ATP are dull as shit
 

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Women's tennis began it's revival with Martina and Anna hitting the scene with sex appeal and controversy. The Williamses have boosted the profile in the US mostly, which was in dire straights. You can't discount Monica's return, Capriati's return, Steffi's last minute revival and the Belgian phenomona .They have all played their part I think. It would be unfair to chose a single source for the popularity of women's tennis.
 

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Yup, SJW. I think the success of Roddick might lift the mens popularity b/c he has personality unlike the other monolithic players. It is strange that the interesting players in both mens and womens tennis are hugely disliked too.
 

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When VENUS & SERENA are off the tour, in 7-8 years, the drop off in interest in womens tennis will be tremendous.

Womens golf will then overtake tennis because the WILLIAMS will take up that sport after their tennis careers. :eek: :)
 

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Daddy Rich is teaching Serena how to play golf; her drive is stellar but her short game is womp womp womp.... :tape:
 

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Infiniti2001 said:
it was 13%lower not 14 :rolleyes: Meanwhile going from 4.6 to 4. 0 is not as bad as "some" want us to believe. :eek:
It sure is better than the 2.0 rating the FO recieved, and that was the men's and women's final combined.
 

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It was Martina Hingis that started this and the sisters(as usual) are only following her footsteps :p
 

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TonyP said:
I assume this comment was made before the last Wimbledon, which showed a 14 percent drop in TV ratings in the US for the women's final. I think the Williams sisters have already lost some of their luster because they generally play such bad matches against each other.

Men's tennis has produced much better tennis in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, the players on the men's side are not very colorful.

But other players on the women's side were just as colorful as the Williams sisters and fyi, Tiger Woods has not won a major in his last six tries. Its usually a mistake to bet the farm on any single athlete in any sport.
They might play bad matches, but they still rate hight than the rest of the current top ten. BTW, the dropoff of the French Open women's final was more than twice that of the Wimbeldon dropoff. Are you goinf to blame that on the Williams sisters too?
 

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They are very unpopular in my country. You ppl tend to draw the conclusion about this popularity bullshit just by looking at a few countries ignoring the majority of countries in the world.
 

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They are very unpopular in my country. You ppl tend to draw the conclusion about this popularity bullshit just by looking at a few countries ignoring the majority of countries in the world.
this is a "world" sport yes indeed. but i think the main reason why so many people give the "united states" standpoint, is b/c its like the 3rd largest country. and its the most popular sports wise. that is why a lot of the analysis etc come from America. and hell, i don't know why you people are arguing when this is an "american" article, anyone with some common sense would know and understand he is talking about popularity in the states, and not europe etc :rolleyes:
 

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Sweets_SJW said:
where are u from? let me guess.........Belgium?
I think the sistaz have already made enough money to support themselves and their family for the rest of their lives.
They are popular..well.. very popular among certain people.
They are very unpopular among yet certain people.
They are even unknown amongst yet certain people.
They are still my most favorite players by far....
 

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Well, I know many people, who didn´t watch tennis anymore, because of the sisters. They were bored by the dominance of Venus and Serena.
In Germany Venus and Serena are not unpopular (especially Venus had her fans in Hamburg), but they don´t watch women tennis just because of them. Ten years ago, tennis was much more popular than today. And every year, the interest in tennis goes down.
 
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