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I think that Anna made the women tennis sport much more popular. Almost the whole world know who is Anna Kournikova and I think she is the most famous tennisstar in the world! Every tournament will have her in the players list because more people will come! Look at the challengers where she is playing now, that tournaments doesn't mean nothing for the most, but since Anna joined them last week it's a total other story!

I think that Anna is very important for the WTA tour --> (You know what I mean don't look at the results ;) )

What do you think?

 

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I think you are entitled to dream large. If that makes you happy, then so be it. :wavey:
 

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I think you are entitled to dream large. If that makes you happy, then so be it. :wavey:
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omg, you are ignorant if you don't think anna is important to the tour. she brings many fans to watch...whether she is THE MOST IMPORTANT, i dont think so...but the point is that she is important and brings alot of fans...theres no DENYING something as obvious as that...
 

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:wavey: I'll agree that Anna brought the casual male fan into the game, a little. But I'd say Venus and Serena brought in the motherload, fatherload, kiddyload and payload. :D
 

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omg, you are ignorant if you don't think anna is important to the tour. she brings many fans to watch...whether she is THE MOST IMPORTANT, i dont think so...but the point is that she is important and brings alot of fans...theres no DENYING something as obvious as that...

Read the title again, will you please????? Just read it again??

" WTA Tour is nothing without Anna", and I am supposed to believe and support that???? That the WTA is nothing without Anna?? There would be no fans without Anna?? There would be no craziness without Anna?? Then why did Monica Seles get stabbed?? There was no Anna then?

Like I said, if that's what he thinks and he is happy that way, then so be it. And if you think I'm ignorant because I think the WTA would still be popular without Anna, then that's your God DAmn Problem.
 

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Here's a reverse statement for you: I don't think Anna would be anything without the WTA.

The world is full of supermodels and gorgeous women. Anna is famous because she is an athlete as well as a model, and her tennis results got her noticed before she turned the age of 18.

Without tennis to launch her name, she'd be just another face in the pretty-girl Moscow crowd.
 

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Here's a reverse statement for you: I don't think Anna would be anything without the WTA.

The world is full of supermodels and gorgeous women. Anna is famous because she is an athlete as well as a model, and her tennis results got her noticed before she turned the age of 18.

Without tennis to launch her name, she'd be just another face in the pretty-girl Moscow crowd.

Oh man, why couldn't I have come up with something like this. This is too good. :worship:
 

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Back in 97-98, there was a whole bunch of players that were bringing new interest to the game, not just Anna but Martina, the Sisters, Lucic etc...now the Willams are the only ones still around. So you can't give all the credit for the boom to Kournikova.

The tour would still be - in fact, is - something to me without Anna, otherwise why would I be here?
 

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No I think the Williams sisters are holding ship. The staduim in Rome was much more packed out then I had seen it yet during Serenas match. I think that the tour IS hurting without Hingis, and I think SHE is the reason for more popularity amoung the sport rather then ANNA.
 

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Yes I agree with you all, but maybe the title is a little bit wrong but what I wanted to say is that Anna is important for the WTAtour! Offcourse there are more popular players! :D
 

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Read the title again, will you please????? Just read it again??

" WTA Tour is nothing without Anna", and I am supposed to believe and support that???? That the WTA is nothing without Anna?? There would be no fans without Anna?? There would be no craziness without Anna?? Then why did Monica Seles get stabbed?? There was no Anna then?

Like I said, if that's what he thinks and he is happy that way, then so be it. And if you think I'm ignorant because I think the WTA would still be popular without Anna, then that's your God DAmn Problem.
sorry madaboutvenus ;)

i wasnt paying attention...
 

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Yes I agree with you all, but maybe the title is a little bit wrong but what I wanted to say is that Anna is important for the WTAtour! Offcourse there are more popular players! :D
thats what i thought...
 

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Two most marketable players of the generation - Kournikova and Hingis are out of big game. And it is a definite problem for WTA. Williamses don't sell much, Belgians sell even less.
 

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In the past Anna use to be a factor in the growth of the sport, but no longer is she the force that she once was. IMHO, her novelty have worn out and now the public and fans alike are less tolerate of her lack of the willingness to improve.

I think the peak of the women's game was in 1999 when you had the Williams/Hingis rivalry, but not only that because you had Mary Pierce, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Aranxta, and many others competing well. In a way it was like the old breed vs. the new breed of players. IMO, Anna did not fit in that equation.

I will say that Anna does have her hardcore fans which are mainly 13 year old boys, or dirty old men. Anna is a star. I think maybe she would of been better suited in Hollywood. Tennis is something that she never has taken seriously, because during the time when the big babes weren't much of a factor she let her opportunities slip.

Just think what if Anna did not take this path and decided to focus solely on tennis? She would of at least won a Tier I. She has been up and down in and out for so long at this point I don't think their is redemption. The other russian girls are winning titles(not big ones) but they are winning. Elena L just won her first one, and Elena is not all that good but she strung together a few good ones and beat out the top. Now if I'm not mistaken even Dinara has a title, and she is not even fully developed yet.

So, I tend to think the Anna situation is good and bad for women's sports. Good because of her star quality and exposure, and bad because of her being one of the most popular tennis stars who has never won a tournament. Coporate America is giving off the message that we will reward you if you are a beautiful women without results, which IMO is sexist and degrades women's tennis.
 

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Anna who? I think the WTA tour is fine without her. I have too many players that I like to miss her. That is not saying I dislike her but the tour is not dependant on any one player.
 

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I agree with you all!

But I have one point:

There is a new Tennisgame out!

And on the cover Anna Kournikova joins #1 Lleyton Hewitt!

So they don't do that for nothing!!! :D

But yes if you look at the results there are more popular players!! :D
 

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Anna who? I think the WTA tour is fine without her. I have too many players that I like to miss her. That is not saying I dislike her but the tour is not dependant on any one player.
Fine? Because tennis are now being dominated by players who generate very little interest among general public, they, first time for many many years, left USA with no wide tennis coverage for almost 6 weeks, and nobody cares. Should it be the old good WTA with Kournikova, Hingis and Graf at top flight, they would not dare to do that..

And now, ATP sucks as never. WTA is dominated by players who play very little, so it is perfect time to launch The Tennis Channel, because currently the marketability of tennis is probably at all time low, and the losses because of no coverage are minimal.

In an year or so, when ATP will get rid of relics like Agassi and goes thru the Era of Nobodies, and WTA will finish the Era of Williams dominance, Dark Ages will be over and interest will soar again.
 

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I actually think its good to have a lower ranked player with such popularity. Imagine your Joe Public in Miami, you fancy the ass off Anna K, and you go to watch her play Snuffkin, Stankina something like that anyway. You get there and this girl is pretty damn good at her tennis, therefore you get into her, watch more of her matches, look for her results.

You see what I mean.
 
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