Americans tend to love team sports. Football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and, of course, baseball all inspire rapid fan bases and make billions of dollars for players, coaches and teams — to say nothing of broadcasters and advertisers. Individual sports tend to get less attention. One major exception to this the game of tennis.
Why tennis has such an uncharacteristically wide appeal may never be fully understood. It is, however, one of the few sports that is played by individuals that has devoted fans all over the world. It may even be the one sport where national boundaries are blurred, since Americans may just as easily follow star players from Eastern Europe or South America as from their own country. The international popularity of stars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, and Kim Clijsters prove that beyond a doubt.
In May, the eyes of the tennis world will be turning towards Paris. Hundreds of the best tennis players in the world as well as their most avid fans will converge for the french open 2011 . Those fans that can’t make the trek to France will be glued to their tv screens, computers, and mobile devices for news, scores, and live match play for the duration of the tournament.