Originally Posted by TCF
In most countries, athletic boys of all social classes, will play either soccer or tennis. In America, athletic boys will play or do football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, track, volleyball, hockey, skateboarding, video games.
We just do not have enough very athletic and hungry boys involved in tennis to beat the odds of producing another champion. Also, back in the day tennis was not as global. Mac did not battle as many well trained Russians, Serbians, Spaniards, etc.
Excellent points. Other factors are: dropping out from school at age 16 in Europe (some parts) to pursue tennis, reliance of social safety net in case it does not work out (this was actually explained by a poster from Germany once as to why he was taking up professional tennis), more guaranteed money and protection in unionized American sports, social image of tennis, deliberate slowing down of courts.
These are the factors of any significance.