Originally Posted by Mustard
A very silly decision on Kramer's part, in hindsight. TV coverage would have helped to raise the profile and popularity of professional tennis, and people would have been able to clearly see how much better the professional players were as a whole. I mean, how many people watched Wimbledon on the BBC in the amateur only days and thought these were the best tennis players in the world? Most surely would have, considering that the professionals were seldom mentioned, although Kramer was hired as a commentator for the BBC in 1960.
If Bryan Cowgill hadn't had approached Kramer during 1966 Wimbledon about the idea of hosting a professional tournament at Wimbledon for the following year, how much longer would the pre-open era had gone on for? We know how much TV coverage of the best tennis players in the 1970s made the sport boom.
Indeed, and how many tennis fans in Los Angeles or Chicago would normally buy tickets for the Forest Hills Tournament of Champions, held in New York, the most prominent pro event?
TV would have raised the profile of the pro game, and would have probably raised ticket sales in New York itself for the Forest Hills event, as well as when the pros went on tour to Chicago and LA.