By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 15:51:40 PM.
But the fact that the sport has weathered the attacks on it so far is no guarantee that it will do so over the long run. Football’s relatively low popularity among younger Americans, combined with ever-growing evidence of the physical and mental damage the sport does even at the high school level, could jeopardize its standing in the decades ahead.
Mario Andretti and Phil Hill are the only Americans to win an F1 championship. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt are the biggest names in NASCAR. There’s something about racing that drives Americans crazy. It’s more of the machines rather than the man. The adrenaline rush and the need for speed.
Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King helped tennis capture the imagination of the American public. But it was during the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi that tennis peaked in the United States. Before Federer, Sampras was the yardstick for Grand Slam success. Agassi became the sport’s rockstar.