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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn View Post
    There's no way that survey sounds right to me. I always gathered tennis had been on a slow downfall since there were no great australian stars left.
    Ratings and patrons going through the gate at the Australian Open grow every single year. Tennis is such a good spectator sport and you'll find a lot of Australians (like me) actually support players from other countries too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Ratings and patrons going through the gate at the Australian Open grow every single year. Tennis is such a good spectator sport and you'll find a lot of Australians (like me) actually support players from other countries too.
    I was just saying that as a big generalisation - Im a big tennis fan as well. Im also suprised about swimming. No one seems to give a toss unless its the olympics.
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    If that survey is correct then I dont think Ill ever move to Aus for fear of my kids becoming tennis playing swimmers. *shudders*

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    Na that seems about right to me. It's more about the wide demographics that sports appeal to. Obviously you'd get more fanatical cricket supporters across the country but just look at the gender ratio on this forum.

    Likewise, the various codes of football (the real type) have geographical segmentation. State of Origin is watched by everyone in Queensland and New South Wales while all of Victoria will watch the AFL Grand Final.

    Isn't it true that netball and football (the soccer type) have the highest numbers of participants in Australia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn View Post
    There's no way that survey sounds right to me. I always gathered tennis had been on a slow downfall since there were no great australian stars left.
    Thats what I thought as well. Glad to be proved wrong though. Tennis is a good sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Heaps of people watch tennis here because, I suspect, the Aussie Open coincides with summer hols for everyone, and it's on tv non-stop for that fortnight.
    Hence, if asked whether you've watched the sport over the previous 12 months, it's very likely you will have.
    Yup

    Reality is that tennis is nowhere near as popular as it was 35 years ago. People used to be glued to the tv watching Laver, Rosewall, Newcombe, etc play Davis Cup

    Now, it's like lift music for many people - on in the background but not of any great interest

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    @ that article. Maybe next they can explain why participation rates in junior tennis is on a continual decline here. What a load of tosh, and this coming from a guy who watches just about any Grand Slam event and Masters series that's on.
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    Which sport in Aus gets the most paying punters through the door to watch pro games?

    Ie invest their own cash rather than investing 2 mins answering a survey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Which sport in Aus gets the most paying punters through the door to watch pro games?

    Ie invest their own cash rather than investing 2 mins answering a survey
    I'm assuming it's the AFL, comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duffer View Post
    I'm assuming it's the AFL, comfortably.
    Indeed, according to wikipedia: the AFL has the second highest average attendance in the world (36,792), though I'm not sure how reliable that is as there's no reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duffer View Post
    I'm assuming it's the AFL, comfortably.
    Appears correct.

    For 2007

    Finals included

    AFL
    Games - 185
    Total attendance - 7,050,945
    Average attendance - 38,113

    NRL
    Games - 201
    Total attendance - 3,332,638
    Average attendance - 16,580

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    From Aus Bureau of Stats website. Interesting reading.



    Has cricket as the 5th most watched sport.

    Interestingly (or maybe obviously), of the sports not involving animals or vehicles, Tennis had the highest proportion that attended only once or twice a year.
    Last edited by Goughy; 06-06-2008 at 01:53 AM.

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    Beautiful, go horse racing. I guess that's boosted by the Melbourne Cup though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    If that survey is correct then I dont think Ill ever move to Aus for fear of my kids becoming tennis playing swimmers. *shudders*

    Hate for them to earn lots of money and be able to travel around the world huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    It was at the article
    Aha, I see. A quote goes a long way when you're not replying to the post directly above yours.
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