Top 10 Most Popular Sports In The World In 2021
Approximate # of fans: 1 billion
The top-ranking sport that features solo competition, tennis dates back before the 14th century. King Louis X of France had an indoor tennis court built for himself in the early 1400's, but it wasn't until the middle of the 19th century that the modern rules came in to place. One of the reasons this sport is so popular is because it has never been truly dominated by a single player or country - of the Number One Ranked players over the last ten years across the Women's and Men's tours, there have been 14 different players representing 8 different countries.
3 Field Hockey
Approximate # of fans: 2 billion
Developed independently in Europe as well as Asia in the 3rd century B.C., modern rules were developed in the 19th century England, and spread to the English colonies. India and Pakistan dominated the sport in the mid-20th century, while the later part of the decade saw Australia and the Netherlands take over as the major force. While it is seen as a female-dominated sport in North America, across the globe it is male-dominated.