Tennis is rising as a popular sport, at least according to some internet statistics.
The website mostpopularsports.net uses a new method to measure popularity by tracking the results of website visitor traffic of over 300 sports websites, which reflect which sports the internet users in the particular country are most interested in.
While the methodology is not entirely scientific it does try and track a critical portion of new media on a worldwide level.
“The rankings may not be 100% accurate due to two factors – the internet users in a country may not represent the general population perfectly and second, the sample data we use (Alexa rankings) may not be 100% accurate representation of what the internet users visit,’ the site said in a statement. The worldwide popularity rankings take into account the population of countries and are based on general surveys/discussions on the internet.”
Tennis came in fourth on the international list scoring one billion fans across the planet. Soccer came in first with 3.5 billion, cricket second with 2.5 billion, and field hockey third with 2 billion. Following tennis were volleyball, table tennis, baseball, golf (450 million), basketball and the NFL at 400 million
In the United States, however, tennis comes in sixth behind football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer, but does finish ahead of golf.