It looks like I will be repeating myself for the rest of my life on this issue. The Americans (of which I am one btw) simply will not commit to playing in Europe in order to develop into multi-surface threats. It is as if no other place in the world exists but America. It's not entirely their fault however. It is simply a delusion born of the culture in which we are raised that extends far beyond the tennis world. It's all hype all the time, while the results to back up said hype are only there if you consider North American hardcourt events. More young players from the U.S. need to cross the pond and spend some time in the off season and prior to RG. However, there are always excuses not to do it-- money--language barriers--America being the center of the universe etc. The tour rankings at this point are lopsided severely. Seriously, how can Roddick claim his world ranking when he can't even boast of one serious top 20 win against a "claycourter"? Oooh la, he won an American clay court event once. Show me one real win on the terre battue. Can't. Doesn't have one. It looks like Americans will forever discount the "claycourters" while ignoring the fact that they are all a bunch of "hardcourters". See you next year with the same rant.