Are you ready to witness the death of tennis? Cause it's coming.

DonDiego

Hall of Fame
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was barely unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
 
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ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.

Utter nonesense.

Plenty of decent personalities already in the mix without needing aholes to entertain the likes of you and other low brow folks. If the quality of tennis isn't enough, you are missing the point.
 

R. Schweikart

Professional
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
McEnroe and Connors? :D :-D :laughing: :-D :D
My God, your American superiority complex gets worse and worse.
Ever heard of Laver and Borg?
 

Wooly

Rookie
I really hope Nadal, Federer and Djokovic retire as fast as possible ... then the tennis fans among us can watch the sport as we have ever done, and the "fans" will leave the building and stop starting thousands of threads about the death of tennis ... get a live of **** off ...
 
Tennis was unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
A random selection of Time magazine covers prior to the emergence of Jimmy and John...

December 15, 1924: Dwight Davis


July 1, 1929: Helen Wills


July 6, 1931: Betty Nuthall


August 1, 1932: Ellsworth Vines


September 1933: Jack Crawford


September 2, 1935: Don Budge


September 2, 1946: Pauline Betz


August 27, 1951: Dick Savitt


August 1957: Althea Gibson


September 10, 1973: Bobby Riggs
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
There's always women's tennis to save the day! :)
 

R. Schweikart

Professional
You need a personality+ results to be able to pull in viewers. Tennis desperately needs an American male.

otherwise future doesn’t look good

The future of tennis doesn't depend on the USA.
With the end of Serena the US era is finally over. Europeans already have been dominating the ATP in the last 20 years, now the WTA will follow.
The money will be made in Europe and in Asia.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Having Basilashvilli as next masters champion reminds me of the red wedding from GOT. When they had a donkey's head on top of Robb Stark's body. Exactly the same feeling.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
What about the rivalry between Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas? That's about as good as it gets in the mens game.

Not sure about the women. There's a different winner every tournament, no rivalries and no consistency from anyone.
 
Yea its screwed. No one is going to pay to see underachieving Tstsi, Med, Zverev. Just isn't going to happen. And the rest of the guys like Sinner aren't any better.. Unless we get something exciting with Nadal/Djokovic next season, the downfall will begin next year. there is only interest right now because we want to see who breaks the slam record Nadal or djokovic. Once that settles, what reason is there to watch? LOL. Once Nadal/djokovic are done, I probably won't be tuning in much. I'm only sticking around to see who gets to 21 first.. I have no interest in seeing these underachieving, inconsistent 20 year olds. We all know they have a fraction of a fraction of the Big 3s ability. . And really there is no "Rivalry" there with Tstsi/Med/Zverev. These guys many times just crash and burn out early. Can't exactly have competitive, must see rivaliries when the favorites are going out early

They're going to lose millions of dollars and viewers. Another thing that is going to compound it (at least here in the U.S) is a pending Financial Recession/Depression. good luck getting many people to go to the North American HC swing once that hits. People aren't even interested now in these young guys. No one is going to risk spending money to go see them play when our economy is in the gutter.

Sorry but the only thing keeping it alive is a Nadal/Djokovic battle to the slam record death. This year it was all if Djokovic could complete the calendar slam. If Nadal can't compete next year at a high level and Djokovic breaks the record that will be it. By 2023 there will be no interest
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
I just got back from Indian Wells. The most popular players were Shapo, Tsitsipas, Rublev, and Dimitrov.

I swear people were literally falling asleep at this Medvedev match, even though we were all sitting in $1000 seats. I don't think anyone really cares about the endless sea of nameless baseline grinders with WTA shovel backhands.

 

WYK

Hall of Fame
In a sport as "boring" to watch as tennis, if there's no personalities, or exciting rivalries, there's no point.

If I'd be a sponsor, I would run. Tennis will be dead in no more than three years. It could go as low as to rivalize with Polo on sports channels.

Tennis was barely unknown before McEnroe and Connors. Tennis will be unknown after the Big Three.
The current big three are much closer to Lendl in personalities than they are to Connors or McEnroe. They don't exactly exude charisma. Though Djokovic can throw a tantrum rather well...
 
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I just got back from Indian Wells. The most popular players were Shapo, Tsitsipas, Rublev, and Dimitrov.

I swear people were literally falling asleep at this Medvedev match, even though we were all sitting in $1000 seats. I don't think anyone really cares about the endless sea of nameless baseline grinders with WTA shovel backhands.

Lol I was at this match, and you can actually see me in this shot! I have to disagree with you, though. I had a blast watching and was riveted by Med's court coverage. The second set had some really good tennis. I recognize that preferences differ, but Medvedev (and a few other recent players) have made a real fan out of me. I also think this match is a bit of an unfair sample of crowd hype, because everything ran late and a ton of people left the venue after the long rain delay.

Shapo was more popular than I expected. Practically the whole stadium was rooting for him when he played Karatsev.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Shapo was more popular than I expected. Practically the whole stadium was rooting for him when he played Karatsev.
Med moves like a big cat, but has the ugliest strokes lol. All arms.

I was at Shapo v Karatsev, too. Was the first time all tournament I felt the crowd was really engaged and rooting for someone. Was bummed when Karatsev went right through him.
 

ibbi

Legend
You forgot to mention the LENDL years included Borg, Connors Mac, Becker, Edberg, Wilander, Cash, Andre and Pete. That's one hell of a great line up for competitors. 68 total slams between the men I listed.
Well, I'm talking mainly about the second half of the 80s when I say the Lendl years (I knew you would come for me when I mentioned him :D ) when most of those guys are either over the hill or pups. Yes, it was very competitive, and the tennis was great, but he was still the man save for Boris in London.
 
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