Why are tennis players seen to be representing the country they are citizens of? ?
I mean international cricketers have one thing in common between them.... they all are citizens of the same country.
However there is no commonality for individual sports.
I mean a tennis player might be proud of being associated with a country... but another may be proud of being a doctor , and another might be proud of being beautiful, etc etc
Why would an athlete be seen to be representing the place they are citizens of? What relevance is it to their sport ?
- postal pLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
They have their fans there, waving the country's flag all of the time.
- 2 months ago
tennis is a european/american sport but sometimes want to know which asian country the asian player is from
- ChuckLv 72 months ago
It's a very international sport.
- BobLv 72 months ago
Because it's important to many players and also to many fans.
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- u_bin_calledLv 72 months ago
Tennis is an international sport; it is also largely an individual sport. Unlike team sports where players are seen as being affiliated with franchises, cities or brands (in auto racing, for example), athletes in individual sports tend to be associated with their home nation.
It isn't about "commonality," as you say, but rather "individuality." To date, team tennis hasn't really gained popularity and the sport in general discourages players from identifying with a particular brand endorsement (the way many professional basketball players are known as "Nike guys" for example).
This is sometimes misleading, however. Many "international" players train at the same complexes (most seemingly in Florida). I recall a tournament several years back with an "international field" of players from Russia, Spain, Japan, Slovakia, France, Sweden and numerous other countries.... all of whom lived in Florida and trained at facilities within a few miles of one another.