Lets start with ESPN sportscenter, unless a grand slam is taking place you really don't hear or see anything about tennis, unless you wait out the whole show, even with a grand slam, tennis is rarely the lead story. Last year the Nadal, Federer classic at wimbeldon had to wait for a few baseball stories before it was mentioned. Remember when ESPN coverd the Davis Cup, the Mastrs series events and a few others, those days are gone. We may get the summer ATP 1000 series events in the united states, around 2 in the afternoon and 2 in the morning, Indian wells and Miami have gone the reginal sports joke called Fox sports net. What is the reason for all this, RATINGS. T.V. shows live and die by them, so do sports telecast. I remember in the late 70's when the NBA finals were shown on tape delay late at night, the reason, RATINGS!!! Now with heightened interest in the NBA the finals are on in prime time. Could this ever happen in tennis, I DOUBT IT!! Let's take a look at a couple of sports that get better .T.V ratings than tennis, There's the ever popular sport of DARTS, Billards, Poker, and strongman competitions. The reason for this is simple, when we get our shot at tennis in primetime we don't watch, How plain and simple can it be. RATINGS, RATINGS, RATINGS. There is a silver lining, our fan base is getting younger, more middle class ( sorry mercedes-benz) and What? Does this translate into better ratings for tennis? Not yet, the what seems to be that tennis players love to play and othrwise don't care about the state of the sport. In the rest of the world tennis ranks only behind soccer and basketball in popularity, in this country when Rafa plays Roger we'll just have to wait for the poker game to end before we see it. To bad, it;s hard to get american tennis players to watch anyway, guess that's so we can complain about the t.v. coverage later. If you do actually care as many say you do, respond to this and maybe we can find a way to put the 17,000 voices in tennisopolis to good use.