Wow those clay courts are POPULAR

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  1. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

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    Seirously as soon as I tune into the scattered 1 hour coverage of ESPN tennis I feel like i've already doubled the amount of people watching the match.

    Literally like 10 people watching a match... how sad is that, put it somewhere they want to see tennis for god's sake.
     
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  2. Astennix

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    The problem is not the people is the price of the tickets for the premium seats next to the courts (those you see on TV)...the top seats are all full - and much cheaper too. Arrivederci.
     
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  3. James Brown

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    that and federer is #1 and was playing, so obviously a bigger draw.
     
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  4. don knot

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    is tennis on espn these days???? I thought that espn was only showing the highlight shows after the tournaments were over and were going to begin thier coverage at roland garros???
     
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  5. Fat Boy

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    The tickets don't look that expensive to me. 80 Euros for the best seats at the final, and 64 Euros for the quarters. This is about the same as Wimbledon, say.

    And it's all of the stands that are empty from what I';ve seen, not just the expensive seats.

    They should take Masters status away from this shambles and give it to the Barcelona Open the week before. Even the qualifying rounds for that are packed out.
     
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  6. Rabbit

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    Is that the Gordo Seat? I watched the TTC coverage on that tournament and you are right, it was packed. The finals with the home town boy were jam packed as well.

    I don't know what the problem with the Italian Open is. Someone on the boards said that tennis is very expensive in Italy and consequently they have lost fans. I remember back in the 70s, the Italian Open was filled to the rafters. Of course, they had Corrado Barrazutti and Adriano Panatta who were both homers and who competed in the later rounds every year.
     
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  7. Ronaldo

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    Look at the number of Spaniards in the top 50 and no wonder the fans are streaming into the stadium in Barcelona.
     
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  8. Rabbit

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    Yep. The USTA should take a hard look at what Spain and Argentina are doing, because they are doing something right. I don't see where there are any Spanish or Argentine superstars from the 80's that would've caused these guys to start playing. Vilas and Clerc were 70's, early 80's and surely not an influence on the current crop of Argentine players.

    The Spanish Armada and Argentine Army are significant enough that they pretty much dominate the top 100 now. Behind them, Sweden and France are doing a great job at promoting tennis, but the U.S. is lacking terribly.
     
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  9. AAAA

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    The current success enjoyed by Argentine tennis is partly due to their unfortunate current economic situation. All juniors with any common sense and motivation know that should they fail to make the pro ranks the alternatives are not currently very bright so they give 100%.

    Spain hosted the olympics a few years ago and as hosts they wanted their athletes to perform well for national pride so they built extensive facilities to prepare their athletes for most sports including tennis.
     
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  10. Feña14

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    The Italian fans were out in force tonight to watch there man Volandri.

    I was amazed Nalbandian didn't throw his racket at one of them!

    They were shouting "out" all the time when Nalbandians shots landed and were constantly booing when he went to check the ball marks on the clay.

    I bet the players are glad that there isn't many fans there!

    Liam
     
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  11. Astennix

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    I respectfully don't 100% don't agree with the fact that phe players are being succesful because of the economic problems. If that's the case, many players would opt to study instead of playing tennis as a profession since the chances of succeeding in tennis are SO slim. As an example, it is 3 times more expensive for a junor argentine to travel to play a satellite or future event now than 3 years ago. I am a coach of a low ranked ATP south american player that is struggling to play as much as he can with no money. Honestly, many of the Argentine stars you see today on TV would not have made it if it wasn't for the help of other fellow pro players. For example, Gaston Gaudio was greatly helped by Hernan Gumy (ex player, now coach of Canas) so that he could make it to travel abroad and compete i nhis junior years. Zabaleta, Sabatini, Calleri and other "older" players are greatly helping many of this kids so that they can travel and compete. Many of the players from Argentina have been greatly influenced by Guillermo Vilas and his tennis facilities in Argentina. Most of them train in VIlas'Club and Vilas is a clear example for them to follow. Finally, the Argentine Tennis Association did a good job in seeking young talents from all over the country and helping them to play in the higher level. The Association has a High performance tennis academy in Buenos Aires where Canas and Nabaldian used to train when they were juniors. Finally, IMHO opinion, Argentina is a country full of talented sportsmen (Maradona, Fangio, Vilas, Clerc, Monzon, De Stefano, Sabatini, polo players, NBA player Manu Ginobili) and that also translates to tennis.
     
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  12. AAAA

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    Astennix, 'partly due' does not mean 'because'. We'll disagree on this one.
     
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