I was there Wednesday night, another decent crowd given it’s a Futures and off the main path down in Southaven. They set a large open tent with a stage full of chairs, also tent covered bleaches on each side. Mostly full. Nice venue though.I think the popularity is relative to the amount of people playing. That has declined greatly, so the interest in professional tennis is likewise. Tennis isn't the only sport with participation and viewer issues. Amazingly, Football is having similar problems despite its appeal. Participation is way down, and stadiums at all levels have trouble staying full like they once did. Its why so many conferences are allowing alcohol sales now as they are trying to fill the stands. Outside of the big programs many schools are in the red with their football programs, and NFL teams are struggling to fill their stadiums. Same in other sports here in the US, so I don't believe its a tennis problem. However, a lack of strong American players on the tour, compared to the 70's and 80's, has certainly not given the recreation public in the US anyone to cheer for. A casual fan just isn't going to show up
Hard to say. I am thinking they might push each other to promote and manage the system of playing better. May give more opportunities to compete. I guess I am thinking of it like the WTA/Grand Prix of the 70's/80's. Lots of tournaments all around the US, and lots of guys competing usually one tour over the other. Right now it is all dictated through the ITF-ATP/WTA, with the different associations wanting their piece. There is just something about this setup that doesn't require them to care. And as the ITF is making a big proportion of their money through their gambling alliance, why bother promoting some challenger event. Money is coming from matches being played, not from fans in the stands, so there is no stake in putting out a good product.
Tons of issues with the USTA management, and so many people calling it out. They've been calling them out for Years! Can't believe they are a non-profit
100% agree....As I stated above, football is having problems, baseball has for years...lots of sports with attendance issues
Thats pretty good. It was the finals though, on a weekend I assume. I bet the Monday through Friday matches were tumbleweeds
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