It has always been pretty popular in western/central Europe. When I lived in Belgium, we had tennis on TV all the time (mid to late 90's). I don't know if it's still as popular as it used to be. Anyway, that's how I started watching.
Eurosport had very good coverage of the tennis season in those days, except for the grass season - that's when I had to switch to the BBC. But most national TV channels, either French, German or Dutch, would always cover their home tournaments even when Eurosport didn't cover them.
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