9 Tennis Players make the ESPN World Fame 100 for 2019

clout

Hall of Fame
#1
http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/26113613/espn-world-fame-100-2019

In order:
Roger Federer (6th)
Rafael Nadal (8th)
Serena Williams (17th)
Novak Djokovic (20th)
Kei Nishikori (28th)
Maria Sharapova (37th)
Stan Wawrinka (69th)
Andy Murray (75th)
Sania Mirza (93th)

Only 2 athletes in the top 10 are players in the North American big four leagues which proves as further evidence to the Yanks that there's more to the world of sports than just the States lol. Also, having the likes of Nishikori and Mirza on this list shows that if there was ever a tennis ATG from an Asian country, the coverage about them would be insane

Per Sports:
Football - 37 players
Basketball - 16 players
Cricket - 11 players
Tennis - 9 players
MMA/Boxing - 8 players
American Football - 8 players
Golf - 4 players
 
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#6
Golf is not a sport so the entire exercise is ridiculous. Neither is punching someone in the head or kicking them with your foot. I won't pretend to know what cricket is all about but I know it was connected to the British Empire which is very over. Football should not be celebrated in any manner -- it's a factory for head injury. The other kind of football (soccer) is too boring to comment further. That leaves an additional 91 slots for tennis. A sport for Ladies and Gentlemen.

I know, I ignored basketball.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Talk Tennis Guru
#7
What is this list based off? Endorsements? Social media followings? I just can’t understand why Sharapova and Mirza are on the list over Osaka who won a slam in 2018 and definitely had media coverage behind her. I understand Serena being there considering the coverage and popularity she brings but Mirza didn’t play in 2018
 
#16
Seems about right to me. It's nice to see tennis has 2 in the top 10 and 4 in the top 20 (not that this list has any actual significance, of course)
Agreed that tennis was fairly well-represented, and that it's hard to tell exactly how they measured it. Some combination of recognizability, endorsements and social media presence.
As an NBA fan, it doesn't seem that Carmelo Anthony (on the list) is even close to relevant now - as a player (I don't even think anyone picked him up after he was cut) or in endorsements. MLB had only one player - Bryce Harper and at the bottom. I won't take it too seriously.
 
#18
Yeah, but I'd at least expect him to be a bit closer to Federer and Nadal
Djokovic dropped a lot this year for some reason. Maybe less endorsements in 2018 after his subpar 2017 season?

The big 3 rankings in the 2017 list were
#4 Federer
#9 Nadal
#12 Djokovic

The big 3 rankings in the 2018 list were
#5 Federer
#8 Nadal
#13 Djokovic

The top 3 have always been Ronaldo/LeBron/Messi in that order all 3 years. Fed was 4th in 2017, but then passed by Neymar in 2018.

From 2018 to 2019:
Fed was surpassed by McGregor to drop from 5th to 6th.
Nadal passed up Tiger and Durant, but was surpassed by McGregor and Kohli, and so stayed 8th.
Djokovic passed up Mickelson, but was surpassed by Pogba, Dhoni, Mbappe, Nurmagomedov, Griezmann, Singh, Ozil, and McGregor, and so dropped from 13th to 20th.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
#23
Considering the athletic prowess of the United Kingdom they should simply be happy anyone made the list at all
Well, I've considered it and I find that the UK was respectively 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the medal tables of the last 3 Olympics. Correct me if I'm wrong but that usually indicates some sort of athletic prowess. or, if it doesn't, then I don't know what does.
 
#24
Golf is not a sport so the entire exercise is ridiculous. Neither is punching someone in the head or kicking them with your foot. I won't pretend to know what cricket is all about but I know it was connected to the British Empire which is very over. Football should not be celebrated in any manner -- it's a factory for head injury. The other kind of football (soccer) is too boring to comment further. That leaves an additional 91 slots for tennis. A sport for Ladies and Gentlemen.

I know, I ignored basketball.
Is ice hockey a sport?

I guess not.


They pay those hockey guys millions for what?
 
#36
Plus both are more than 40 places below Nishikori???
Depsite not winning any slams, Nishikori is the 2nd most endorsed tennis player in the world. He is above Serena/Nadal/Djokovic and only behind Federer. He also has a monstrous following not only in Japan, but all over Asia including China. Like TC said, if Asia could ever actually produce an ATG level male player, he would probably surpass all tennis players and contend for being #1 overall on this list.

How long has Cristiano been 1?

Can't see him giving it up any time soon
He has been #1 every year since they started producing the lists in 2016.
 

ABCD

Hall of Fame
#41
Title "world fame" is misleading title. As an example, there is not a single Chinese table tennis star on the list. Taking into consideration population of China and that they are household names in China it is unlikely that no one is top 100.
 
#42
Well, I've considered it and I find that the UK was respectively 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the medal tables of the last 3 Olympics. Correct me if I'm wrong but that usually indicates some sort of athletic prowess. or, if it doesn't, then I don't know what does.
based on doped indoor cycling mostly ;)
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
#45
Djokovic dropped a lot this year for some reason. Maybe less endorsements in 2018 after his subpar 2017 season?

The big 3 rankings in the 2017 list were
#4 Federer
#9 Nadal
#12 Djokovic

The big 3 rankings in the 2018 list were
#5 Federer
#8 Nadal
#13 Djokovic

The top 3 have always been Ronaldo/LeBron/Messi in that order all 3 years. Fed was 4th in 2017, but then passed by Neymar in 2018.

From 2018 to 2019:
Fed was surpassed by McGregor to drop from 5th to 6th.
Nadal passed up Tiger and Durant, but was surpassed by McGregor and Kohli, and so stayed 8th.
Djokovic passed up Mickelson, but was surpassed by Pogba, Dhoni, Mbappe, Nurmagomedov, Griezmann, Singh, Ozil, and McGregor, and so dropped from 13th to 20th.
In other words

2018 was a WC year.
 
#48
ESPN are not very good in creating those rankings. They follow their own agenda. In the 2017-2018 NBA season they ranked NBA top 100 players and names like Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard werent inside it ...
 
#50
What's up with all these Indian cricket dudes in a worldwide fame list!?:unsure:
And some gamer called Ninja8-Bhave more fame than De Gea, James Harden and Luka Modric just to name a few... Worldwide. Lol:D
 
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