Originally Posted by tennisblog365
American tennis has gotten worse, because more money is poured in football and basketball on every level high school,college, professional. There are not as much children in general, who want to go all the way to become a professional tennis player in the US. Actually John Isner and Sam Querry weren't even confident they were going to play pro tennis. John had to 'flip a coin' between basketball and tennis and went to college. Sam Querry wanted to go to college as well. They don't have motivation like European players do, since they have been young.
Tennis is a non revenue sport. why would you play a sport that nobody watches. If you take away the family the number of people that watch high school tennis is a handful. Sans the big Div 1 school you don't have a ton of people to watch. Even soccer is more dynamic then tennis is in the states. I love tennis, but if I am a top athlete tennis would be a the bottom of the list. The team sports are better overall cheaper. According to the USTA, the cost on the tour is 140K. Tennis a niche sport.