chap22 wrote:you really give male sports fans a bad name. you probably cheered for Billy John to beat Bobby Riggs, didn't you?
Bobby was a funny guy. Heh.
The women's side of tennis has always been more interesting. You had one of the greatest rivalries in the history of sport, with Chris and Martina. You had one of hte most amazing players ever to watch with Steffi Graf (and Monica, before she was stabbed). Hingis' wizardry on the court.
The the (post-) Communist Wave, with the Russians, the Serbs, the Czechs.
And the women's side is FAR more wide open. Anything can, and often does, happen in the course of a major tournament. On the men's side, mostly everything goes along with the script, at least until the very end.
That's not to say I don't watch the men, because I do. And I have my favorites there, too. Federer, Safin, Hewitt. But I rarely get as caught up in it, unless it's like Federer v Safin in the SF of the Aussie Open a couple years ago, or that Hewitt - Baghdatis match, also at the AO, that went til 4:37am local time. Stuff like that.
Also, I think the men's game was more interesting back when there were more styles of play on display, mainly the Borg, Connors, McEnroe period.
Plus, a lot of the women are 6' tall babes, running around in short skirts. What's not to love?