When you think of American tennis these days your mind automatically goes to Serena Williams, well my mind does. I challenge you to name five American women’s tennis players. Then i’ll give you a harder challenge. Name five American men, and don’t say Sampras or McEnroe, current American men. As the first of major tennis’s four grand slams begin, with the Australian Open in Melbourne in two weeks, is American Men’s Tennis dead?
With the retirement of Andy Roddick, who never lived up to the hype, the future of men’s American tennis looks bleak. Roddick has been the sole American making any real noise in the past decade, being the only American to win a major back in 2003 (us.open). He made four more finals in his career and lost Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, 2009. He lost the 2006 U.S. Open final as well. Roddick also reached the semifinal of the Australian Open four times.
Now that the Roddick smoke screen no longer clouding our tennis vision, it’s clear, there is no true contender on the immediate horizon. To find America’s next hopeful. We have to descend in the world rankings to the No.14 ranked John Isner, who won the not so notable, Winston Salem Open and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship in 2012. Sam Queerey is next, at No.22 with a 2012 win at the Farmers Classic. After that, Mardy Fish ranked No.27 and Ryan Harrison, way down at No.69, round out the top players for America. Unless there is some unknown phenom training in a cave in Florida or California, it’s over! Lets just hope Serena is healthy or we need not tune in at all.