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Roger Federer Named Most Popular Tennis Player In UK, Venus Tops Serena Among Millennials

A nationwide survey of the British public has found out which player appeals the most to different age groups and genders.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has been ranked as the second most popular contemporary sports personality in the UK, according to findings conducted by YouGov.

The Swiss world No.3 has been given the honour based on the YouGov rating system, which measures public opinion of famous people among the British public. The findings are split into categories based on age and gender before they are given an overall score. 37-year-old Federer had a popular opinion of 62% with 90% of respondents saying they have heard of him. He is the most popular sports personality in two out of the three age categories – Generation X (people born between 1965-1981) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964). However, he is only the third most popular among Millennials (born between 1982-1999).

Three out of the top five most popular sports personalities come from tennis. Andy Murray is in third place with 58%. The former Wimbledon champion returned to the tour in June after being sidelined from action for almost a year due to a hip injury. Murray has only been able to play six tournaments this year before opting to bring his season to an early close in September.

11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal is fifth with a 54% positive opinion among the public. The world No.2 scored his highest rating among Baby Boomers (57% positive) and achieved an almost identical score among both men and women. Novak Djokovic, who recently returned back to world No.1, is 14th. Despite winning the Wimbledon championships and staging an impressive comeback during the second half of 2018, only 41% of Millennials surveyed had a positive opinion of him.

Concerning the stars of the WTA Tour, only the Williams sisters managed to crack the top 20. Serena came 15th and Venus 17th. However, Venus is the third most popular athlete among Millennials behind athlete Mo Farah and Murray. Caroline Wozniacki, who won this year’s Australian Open, is the only current top five player from the women’s tour ranked in the top 80 at 80th.

Jamie Murray, Heather Watson, Maria Sharapova and Johanna Konta were the next popular tennis players after the Williams sisters.

Most popular tennis players by age group, gender and overall rating

Rank

Millennials

Gen X

Baby Boomers

Men

Women

Overall score

1

Murray

Federer

Federer

Federer

Andy Murray

Federer

2

Venus

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Federer

Andy Murray

3

Federer

Nadal

Nadal

Nadal

Nadal

Nadal

4

Serena

Djokovic

Jamie Murray

Djokovic

Serena

Djokovic

5

Nadal

Serena

Djokovic

Sharapova

Venus

Serena

6

Djokovic

Venus

Watson

Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray

Venus

7

Sharapova

Jamie Murray

Serena

Serena

Djokovic

Jamie Murray

8

Jamie Murray

Watson

Venus

Venus

Watson

Watson

9

Watson

Sharapova

Sharapova

Watson

Konta

Sharapova

10

Konta

Konta

Konta

Wozniacki

Sharapova

Konta

Note: findings conducted between 15th May 2018 and 31st October 2018.

Key

Millennials – born between 1982 and 1999
Gen X – born between 1965 and 1981
Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964
Overall score – average score achieved based on all answers

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.

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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.

Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.

The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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