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Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Charles F. Gritzner


Sport is an integral component of many cultures. This study examines the spatial dimensions of tennis, as well as the interdependencies between sport and culture over time. Furthermore, this study investigates the spatial distributions of professional tennis players across the globe and the specific cultural traits that impel players from highly concentrated tennis countries to play professionally, as distinguished from countries that represent little or no professional tennis activity. Understanding what barriers preclude the diffusion of tennis reflects the economic systems, political structures, and religious practices that are inherent within societal frameworks. In essence, the culture traits that result from diffusion since 1968, the year marking the inception of the professional tour, illustrate how sport characterizes the cultural frameworks of countries around the world.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Tennis--Cross-cultural studies
Culture diffusion
Sports and globalization


Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-175)



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