No tennis players are among Americans' top 10
favorite men's athletes, according to a Harris survey, but there are 5
tennis players among the nation's top 10 favorite female athletes.
NBA basketball players took the top two spots on
the men's side, with LeBron James at No. 1 and the retired Michael
Jordan at No. 2. NBA, NFL and MLB players dominate the top 10, with one
NASCAR racer and golfer Tiger Woods also among the group.
However, Serena Williams was the favorite
women's athlete chosen by Americans, followed by NASCAR racer Danica
Patrick. Venus Williams was No. 3 and Maria Sharapova No. 4, with the
retired Billie Jean King and Chris Evert also among the top 10.
Serena Williams has been No. 1 for five years in
a row. However, more men chose Patrick as their favorite, while more
women chose Serena Williams. Serena Williams was also the favorite among
those between 18 and their mid-thirties, while Patrick was the favorite
for all other age groups. Venus Williams has been No. 2 or No. 3 for
five years in a row as well.
Sharapova tied her highest-ever ranking with her
No. 4 position.
King was at No. 6, reappearing among the top 10
for the first time since 2010. Even better known for her pioneering of
women's professional tennis an Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby
Riggs than for her on court achievements, the 1970s champion might have
seen her profile climb once again during her 70th birthday a year ago,
which also happened to be 30 years since the Battle of the Sexes and the
founding of the WTA tour. PBS featured King in a documentary, and a
Hollywood biopic about the Battle of the Sexes is also in production.
Evert returned to the top 10 for the first time
since 2008. Soccer was the only other sport to have two or more
representatives among the top 10.