My perception is here at T4U, the majority of 'tennis' fans have been replaced by 'player' fans who attach some personal self-worth to the success or failure of the player they idolize. Every thread eventually turns into a pissin contest about between fangirls. Did you ever notice the fangirls don't attach themselves to someone like Kei Nishikori? Or the doubles team of Paes & Stepanek? ................
You raise an interesting point, Monstertuck.
and I've read a similar view from you before.
But "tennis" fans and "player" fans are not necessarily different categories of fans, and I suspect you're not saying that they are necessarily different.
Some "tennis" fans are also "player" fans. In my experience, many who enjoy the sport are not entirely general tennis fans, and often have a favourite player or two at any given time.
Indeed, it could also be argued, and with merit, that if a player is admired, it leads to their fans following the sport more closely. That could be deemed to be good for the sport. Their engaging in discussions accordingly is not, in itself, less worthy.
I can quite readily attest to finding overly detailed technical analysis tedious at times. I'd challenge any suggestion that I am less of a tennis fan because of that. In the end, these distinctions are meaningless. Without players, there would be little of interest to discuss & a bias is bound to arise. We like & enjoy different players for different reasons. To me that is interesting, not off putting.
I agree that the "debates" arising from the need to extinguish or promote a bias in relation to a favourite player can be off putting. There is sometimes a sense of ownership and entitlement in relation to the "reputation" of a favourite player that leads to some of the most inane and tedious exchanges.
Factor in the taking of sides, the intention to isolate and condemn a member because they don't subscribe to a view,and a deterioration in the quality of a forum ensues. What I find particularly disappointing is the compulsion to be "right" and to treat the views of others as wrong. Personal attacks are unjustified, whether by a "tennis" fan or a "player" fan.
................But yeah, forums will always have different kinds of posters.
Personally I like the emotional fans as well as the game analysis, both are needed to drive the forum and the variation will appeal to more people..........
Well said, Swish.
I concur that followers of the sport are a wide church, and any tennis board would be the more interesting with a mixture of types of tennis fans. I enjoy analysis, but also the take on things by fans of a particular player. I suspect I am not the only one.