that is true, but I think when it comes to certain players, like Venus and Serena, when people find out they are playing eachother, or they are in a match, some non tennis fans just like to watch them play. i know i have a hell a lot of family that tells me to call them when venus or serena are on. they get a kick out of them playing. they can't stand to watch anyone else. they claim it is very noticable that athletically they are not where near venus and serena, and if they loose, its mainly b/c of venus and serena. they really trip on they errors. i had a cousin once break his big screen over a serena error. anyway. i think venus and serena draw crowds outside of tennis more than anyone else these days. that helps a lot, seeing the fact that ratings say 3-4 year ago weren't even close to what they are today.ksgyh said:Well, these ratings are probably a good indication of who the "real" tennis viewers are in the US. It wasn't based on media or hype, for once. But yes, Saturday morning TV watchers usually only consist of kids and their cartoons.
Of course, if this was New Year's, and it was all the college football bowl games, the ratings would have been different. But, alas, 1) it was the French Open (and we know how the crockety "anti-French" sentiment is these days, not to mention the actual time zone difference), 2) it was Saturday morning, 3) there was no necessary cheesy documentary with soaring orchestral music proclaiming the grandiosity that is American women's tennis. Thank goodness.
Given those 3 circumstances, I'm merely grateful NBC decided to even air the French Open finals. Who knows what to expect these days? When it comes to non-American players and tennis, I always expect the worst. Call me pessimistic, but you can also call me programmed-to-be-undemanding.
yea i can understand u only wanting to talk about the US. but as a European i must admit, my friends (not tennis fans by ANY means) know only who the Willies (Wimbledon triumphs and the media here are so far up their asses) Seles (legend..and stabbing...and tabloids for Monic-ugh) Hingis (legend...so young....comments) Kournikova (who doesnt ) and maybe even Jennifer (drugs ) and Linzi (wimbledon) are.Peridotpixie said:That's true, SerenaJwilliams...but as I live in the US, I felt I'd better stick to that. I'd guess some Europeans--Germans, French, maybe Dutch--know of them fairly well.
When I was at the US Open last year I was asking an usher about who was signed up to practice on Armstrong. I asked about Roddick, Hewitt, the Williams, and Seles, and he knew all of them. Then I asked about Kim Clijsters, and he said "who?" So I repeated the name, and he said, "I don't know if he's signed up today." Yes, he. That was not a typo.
I think that story is pretty telling.