kennycalhoo wrote:Just a random thought while I was watching Capriati-Williams from last night.....
What might the Men's tour learn from the WOmen's tour, if anything, that would improve the marketing of the game. Vice Versa? Just something to think about?
Whatever you may think about the quality of women's tennis as opposed men's tennis, there is one respect in which the women's professional game is arguably superior to the men's. On the whole, all the top women are well turned out, both in terms of physical appearance and dress. You can't say the same for the men; a lot of the men are scruffy, not to say ugly. Many of them have long hair -- very old-fashioned these days -- which, as soon as they start running about, gets lank and sweaty. The hair has to be controlled by something, usually by a pigtail, or an old handkerchief, or a sweat band, or a baseball cap put on the wrong way round. This really does look great. The effect is completed by the designer stubble or the five o'clock shadow. When you think about it, it must take as much time to appear permanently with a five o'clock shadow as shaving regularly. I presume they must shave before they go to bed. Then of course there are the fashionable long sagging shorts, accompanied by brightly coloured tennis shoes. So perhaps, if you are trying to find a way as improving the marketing of men's tennis, you might start by making improvements in how the players look.
I know I am old-fashioned, but, seriously though, a lot of the men are hardly an advertisement for the male sex. But at least they do play good tennis.