• We’ve been beating the “Conflicts of interests are holding back the sport” drum — it’s a big drum; a bass drum; actually more like an oil drum — for a while now. It didn’t take long to get an unseemly example. On the very first night of play, Donald Young played Federer in the Monday prime-time match. The notion of the McEnroe brothers commenting on Donald Young is akin to letting the Van Gundy brothers commentate on Dwight Howard’s first game • Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.
as a Los Angeles Laker. (If not Roger Goodell reviewing Jonathan Vilma’s BBQ restaurant.) Simply waaaaay too much personal history there. As one Canadian journalist tweeted right away: “PMac doing a DYoung match one of those incestuous tennis things that should never happen. 2hr platform to rip him w/o defence. #cantlisten.”
• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.
Over email and Twitter, I must have received 100 messages on this theme, most of them a variation of this riff from Marco of Portland, Ore.: “It was a regrettable and completely unprofessional display by John and Patrick, both of whom — despite the allowances we make for the benefit of their candor — should really know better. The commentary wasn’t correct or incorrect. It was just ugly.”
Bleacher Reports has done a slide show on the 7 best players on the tour who are under 23 years of age. As usual, there are no real surprises. The slideshow starts off with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe – German. Stebe is currently ranked 81st in the world, from there the numbers get lower. Next up, Ryan Harrison – from Louisiana. A hard serving, quick tempered American. Next is Grigor Dimitrov – a 20 year old Bulgarian who reached a high of 54th this year. Donald Young was the next big thing when he ended the year ranked #1 in the world in the juniors at age 16 – quite a feat. After a few years of not nearly living up to his hype, Donald Young had a breakout year, particularly at the U.S.Open and he is currently ranked 39th. Bernard Tomic of Australia finished the year with a 7-4 record in Grand Slams. He was only 18 at Wimbledon when he took out Robin Soderling. He is ranked 41st. What can we say about Milos Raonic that we haven’t already said. The fifth fastest serve ever and at 20 he is already a force in tennis. Rounding out the list – Kei Nishikori of Japan. Ranked 25 in the world, he has wins David Ferrer and even beat Novak Djokovic this year. Nishikori has also been written about previously on this blog.
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From the “Men’s Tennis Forum”
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I would say no.
All the countries where tennis is very popular like Spain,France,Argentina and Serbia soccer is more popular. Tennis is biggest in Europe but soccer reigns supreme in every country. Switzerland may be the closest in terms of popularity because of Federer but they also have winter sports to compete with. Maybe some of our Swiss posters can shed more light on the situation in Switzerland.
Every Latin American country crowns soccer as their king(except Dominican Republic and Venezuela where baseball wins out). Tennis has some popularity on Brazil,Ecuador,Chile and Colombia but again soccer dominates them.
Tennis is pretty much non-existent in the caribbean,Africa and in the Arab world. The USA has a multitude of other sports more popular than tennis. The english speaking countries like Canada do not recognize tennis as a major sport.
Australia maybe at one time had tennis #1 but I think Australian Rules football is more popular. Swimming also big there. Tennis has receded in popularity there.
The one place that maybe tennis is the #1 sport is Thailand. srichaphan made the sport very popular there. A local coach from around my area left the USA to go coach the hottest juniors in Thailand. Soccer isn’t very popular there and there are really no other sports. But even then it hasn’t produced any type of tennis boom from Thailand. Southeast Asia, like Myanmar,Laos,Cambodia really don’t have a sport and tennis could become popular there but the poverty levels may prevent it from gaining steam. Vietnam is only good at poker while Indonesia and Malaysia are manic over badminton. Taiwan had some good juniors in tennis and the sport may be gaining popularity there.
India likes tennis but it is way behind cricket and other sports.
your thoughts on the popularity of tennis is certain countries and where it is most popular and where it can become more popular.
Reprinted from ESPN tennis – Peter Bodo’s Blog
It was the tweet heard round the tennis world — at least the part that lies within the United States. After losing a match for a wild card into the French Open to countryman Tim Smyczek on Friday, Donald YoungJr. posted what has been called an “expletive-filled” message (this assumes that a 140-character message can be “filled” with anything) denouncing the USTA for, presumably, having refused to give him that wild card outright.
The wild card belongs to the USTA to dispose of as it sees fit, thanks to a mutually beneficial formal exchange program with its counterpart, the French Tennis Federation.
The first half of Young’s tweet was just plain nasty. The second bitterly warned, “[The USTA has] screwed me for the last time!”
Let’s call it the next logical phenomenon: “anti-social media.”
This tempest in a tweetpot began to brew after Young, having won the Tallahassee (Fla.) Challenger a week ago, asked through his handlers to be given the French Open wild card. After all, a few weeks ago, he beat Andy Murray in the second round at Indian Wells. Those folks — and their number is considerable — who have been waiting and hoping for a Donald Young breakthrough couldn’t help but wonder, “Is this it? Can this finally be it?”
Unfortunately, Young was unable to win a match in his next event, Miami, and he failed to qualify for Houston. That left him ranked just outside the No. 104 cutoff for direct entry into the French Open when the deadline arrived, even though Young would rise to No. 98 after winning Tallahassee.
That was bad luck, plain and simple. It probably didn’t seem fair. So Young asked for the wild card, which would have given Young additional confidence and freed him from having to survive the always-tough qualifying event. It also would have added to whatever sense of momentum Young finally built after spending so much time spinning his wheels. He was a prodigy who often seemed on the cusp of panning out but never quite did.
Under other circumstances, the USTA might have given him that free ticket into the French. After all, the organization has expended an astonishing amount of money and manpower trying to develop and/or improve Young’s game, despite frequently locking horns with Young’s parent-coaches, former teaching pros Donald and Ilona Young. In the past few years, the relationship has become particularly — and sometimes publicly — contentious.
But the idea that the USTA was trying to “screw” Young for whatever reason simply doesn’t hold water. It doesn’t even make sense. As a matter of policy, the USTA holds a “playoff” style tournament to determine the recipients (one man and one woman) of those precious Grand Slam wild cards; it’s become something of a tradition. The invitational playoffs for the French Open wild card were already scheduled and the five other male participants (Young was the sixth) were already at the tournament site when Young’s camp made its request.
Young must have been distracted by how this all played out as he took part in the invitational playoffs; perhaps that helps account for why he lost in the final or wild-card round match to Smyczek. Whatever the reasons, the 23-year-old unexpected winner (he’s ranked No. 176) can now rest assured that he’ll be playing in the main draw at Roland Garros, while Young, whose ranking is higher than that of some players in the main draw, will have to battle and grub through qualifying with no guarantees.
To his credit, Young issued an apology for his rash tweet shortly after posting it, and later closed his Twitter account entirely. But the damage was done. The shelf-life of 140 characters spit out in anger can be surprisingly long.