Can Tennis survive without Star power?

Does the sport need Star power?


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mahesh69a

Semi-Pro
The pandemic is bringing about massive changes everywhere - TV/Movie viewing habits, sports/concerts attendance, streaming services, youtube, entertainment in general and its importance, health hazards etc. I know many people who have completely given up TV or sports or news cycles etc.

I feel there is a lot of uncertainty everywhere and we have to see if this is temporary or permanent and wait some more time to see where it all leads.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
The pandemic is bringing about massive changes everywhere - TV/Movie viewing habits, sports/concerts attendance, streaming services, youtube, entertainment in general and its importance, health hazards etc. I know many people who have completely given up TV or sports or news cycles etc.

I feel there is a lot of uncertainty everywhere and we have to see if this is temporary or permanent and wait some more time to see where it all leads.
Good point. I don't own a TV anymore and same goes for a lot of my friends. We don't follow sports or news anymore. We do watch tennis though, on YouTube, just the highlights. For GS big matches, we meet at a sports bar to watch the games. Thus, we don't show up as tennis audience in the statistics, for sure.
 

GhostOfNKDM

Professional
Good point. I don't own a TV anymore and same goes for a lot of my friends. We don't follow sports or news anymore. We do watch tennis though, on YouTube, just the highlights. For GS big matches, we meet at a sports bar to watch the games. Thus, we don't show up as tennis audience in the statistics, for sure.
So what can sponsors who support tennis tournaments expect to sell to someone like you?
 

pasta

Semi-Pro
Playing tennis is one thing ... watching tennis is another ...

more people are playing tennis ... less people are watching tennis ...

like ... who watches yoga live on tv ?

why ?
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
Extremly popular, as the matter of fact - soccer is the hottest tv market by growth ... there is nothing but money in soccer !!!
Yeah soccer is definitely popular in the US (far more so than tennis of course) as basically proven by a whole host of metrics and stats. It's just that it's one of many popular sports in a very crowded US market, so it's lower down the rankings there compared to many other countries. The US men's team have a lot of exciting young players doing well at clubs in the top European leagues, and they could be primed to do well at the 2026 World Cup on home soil (75% of the matches will take place in the US).

On a side note, sometimes here and sometimes in other outlets / places, I have noticed that some of the same people who think that men's tennis is absolutely thriving nowadays and that things will be perfectly fine after the big 3 have all retired, spend nearly all of their tennis discussion energy on big 3 related topics and GOAT discussions. Surely if they enjoyed the current state of the sport so much and thought that it was in such safe hands post-big 3, they'd find more time to discuss and take an interest in a wider range of players? That includes guys I know in person who think that men's tennis is better than ever nowadays (which I personally find laughable but we're all entitled to our opinions), but weren't really interested in the US Open, YEC and Miami finals sans-big 3 members during the past 7 months.

From my perspective, I certainly do not think think that men's tennis is absolutely thriving nowadays given the weakness of LostGen and ever shrinking variety in playing styles (it's certainly not an anti big 3 thing, I thought it was in a much better state in previous eras including when each of them enjoyed remarkably dominant seasons, but crucially when players born in the early and / or late 80s were largely in their primes), or that things will be perfectly fine after the big 3 have all retired. I'm deeply concerned.
 
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TimHenmanATG

Hall of Fame
Unfortunately, tennis is a dying sport, in terms of status and popularity.

This is just the harsh reality of the digital age.

It's hard to see many sports other than the likes of football (association) continue to flourish in the 21st-century.
 

USO

Hall of Fame
If the boring snore-fest Djokovic vs Murray matches didn’t kill Tennis then it’s safe to say that nothing ever will...
 

airchallenge2

Professional
Unfortunately, tennis is a dying sport, in terms of status and popularity.

This is just the harsh reality of the digital age.

It's hard to see many sports other than the likes of football (association) continue to flourish in the 21st-century.
in 2020, in US, tennis participation increased by 4 million new players.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Starpower has skipped over generations before! After Laver and Rosewall, came Newcombe, Roche, Ashe and Smith; all were pedestrian! After Borg and Mac, came Becker and Edberg, very fine players, but not ATG's!

Looks like it's happening again! Maybe the next superstars will come out of the Sinner-FAA generation!
 

airchallenge2

Professional
Starpower has skipped over generations before! After Laver and Rosewall, came Newcombe, Roche, Ashe and Smith; all were pedestrian! After Borg and Mac, came Becker and Edberg, very fine players, but not ATG's!

Looks like it's happening again! Maybe the next superstars will come out of the Sinner-FAA generation!
Becker was god like in Germany. Home country is important as well.
 
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