The United States is one of the strongest countries in the history of men’s tennis. The dominance of the players from this country ensured Grand Slam titles and unshakable dominance in the world rankings. However, this is a thing of the past, and it seems that the decline of American men’s tennis continues. For the first time since the introduction of computer rankings, there are no Americans in the TOP 30.
Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Andy Roddick. Since the introduction of the computer rankings (August 23, 1973), these six American tennis players have topped the men’s rankings.
The last American flag to appear in the world was on February 1, 2004. One day later, Roddick was replaced by Roger Federer, the last American Grand Slam champion (US Open 2003).
The era of Federer, Rafael Nadal, and later Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray marked the beginning of the gradual decline of American men’s tennis. He found a new base last week, the absence of Americans in the top 30, “for the first time since the introduction of the computer”.
The Americans have ten tennis players in the top 100, but their position is not enough for this strong tennis nation.
Taylor Fritz, 23, is ranked 32nd in the world. Senior John Isner is two places behind, and Reilly is 35th after winning the Opalka Rome (semi-final). In the top 100 are Tommy Paul, Sebastian Corda, Sam Querrey, Dennis Sandgren, Francis Diafo, Marcos Giron and Steve Johnson.
Such representation in the top 100 would be taken up by almost every tennis country. America, on the other hand, is used to a slightly different position and craves a little different than just size. He is eager to go back from the bottom to reclaim the glory of Grand Slam titles and top players.
But the way back will be very long and thorny.
John Isner Taylor Fritz Reilly Opelka
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