Is tennis the only sport where nationality takes a back seat – comparatively?
Posted by tennisplanet on October 23, 2010
It seems the individual talent, skill and demeanor of a player transcends national colors unless you are NOT from the big cat countries AND are from some ‘breaking in for the first time’ nations, don’t you think? Did anyone get that? No, you didn’t!!!!!!!
I mean Roddick is from the US and has his share of fans within the borders who root largely based on his nationality but most US tennis fans don’t give a rat’s ass where you are from as long as you able to deliver and perform. Of course, Federer and Nadal are extreme examples to insert here for obvious reasons but even with them the argument still holds its own despite the heavy bias.
Contrast that for players coming from forsaken countries like Serbia or Cyprus where the local country sees only their other player on the horizon worthy of their acclaim. Granted the media plays its own role to hype things up but all they are reaching are casual fans who are more likely to get caught up in that blizzard than the knowledgeable ones. Exhibit A with total shamelessness: Murray?
By and large, tennis players are themselves amazed on the width and variety of their fan base more so when the rooting countries have their own representative doing fairly well on his own.
Is that the reflection of certain characteristics specific to tennis fans like higher income / education / commonsense / impartiality bone / hunger for superlative showing……….. or are they just plain fed up with the system at home – from tennis to health care to jobs to Vaseline shortage……?