First time since 1973 no American men ranked in the top-30

mahesh69a

Semi-Pro
The guy with most weeks at No. 1 in Tennis does not get a Nike sponsorship, but you can get the same for kneeling in a different sport. Why would a budding athlete choose tennis?
 
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Raiden

Hall of Fame
So it's all down to Korda to save the nation?

That means a lotta waitin' (going to take a long time even if it happens on schedule)
 

Devtennis01

Legend
It's a different world now, that's all. Tennis is less attractive to young Americans who have so many sporting options and is a more accessible and attractive option to youngsters in other countries than it was in the heyday of the U.S.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
It's a different world now, that's all. Tennis is less attractive to young Americans who have so many sporting options and is a more accessible and attractive option to youngsters in other countries than it was in the heyday of the U.S.
Didn't they always have many other sporting options?

Or do you mean that those sports now pay proportionately more than tennis, when they never used to?
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
"It's a rough statistic but it's been a long & steady slide from the last glory days of Sampras, Agassi, Courier & Chang".

Hate that he doesn't include Roddick. After all, Roddick was the last American man to win a Slam and be ranked world #1. Hardly insignificant achievements! o_O
Even though Andy was infinitely better than anything we have now, he didn't exactly represent "the glory days" of American tennis.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
"It's a rough statistic but it's been a long & steady slide from the last glory days of Sampras, Agassi, Courier & Chang".

Hate that he doesn't include Roddick. After all, Roddick was the last American man to win a Slam and be ranked world #1. Hardly insignificant achievements! o_O
Yes. True, Roddick wasn't part of a larger Slam-winning group of Americans, but still, his individual career was an American "glory day" as he won and was a top player for years.
 

FRV4

Semi-Pro
That picture though. Didn’t realize USA had such a star studded team back then. As for now, yeah I do not care about U.S tennis. About as talented as U.S cricket. Our most talented athletes go to basketball, baseball, American football, and hockey. We’re starting to get soccer players with success in European leagues these days as well.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Sampras and Agassi, like Fedalovic today, were freaks and the exception rather than the rule. Same with Tilden, Laver, Hoad, Budge and Rosewall before them. The coming of these people is like the coming of Ali, Phelps, Bolt, Maradona, Pele, Jordan, Bradman, Sobers, Tendulkar, Messi, Ronaldo etc. They are extraordinary people and are not produced on demand.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Upon further reflection, I don't think it's THAT terrible to exclude Roddick from "glory days" since they're referencing a decline from "glory days" of 4 top 10 and Slam-winning players to today's state of no top-30 players. And Roddick's era is a point in between. But, still, I think there's a case for mentioning Roddick as well.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
It's a different world now, that's all. Tennis is less attractive to young Americans who have so many sporting options and is a more accessible and attractive option to youngsters in other countries than it was in the heyday of the U.S.
not only sporting options but non-sporting options like gaming (I guess that can be a sporting option too since schools have teams), and simply something like engaging with social media all the time - tweeting, making TikTok vids, posting to instagram, and on and on.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Honestly, I'm surprised that it's only happened now. American male tennis has been mostly trash for a long time.


If you're putting hope in Jack Sock to save American (male) tennis, that says everything you need to know about the state of American (male) tennis.
Merica :)
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Even the U.S’s two best players ever in Agassi and Petrie Sampras were immigrants. Both with extremely dedicated parents and a lifelong dedication to training with an elite coach. Sounds like nearly every good tennis player currently.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
You mean bad wig day. He was totally bald by this time, the long thing on his head was a wig.
If you are going to wear a wig why wear a ghastly wig like that? Was long hair even in style then? That must be his real hair. If not he is a fool to wear that.

Fortunately for him there was no social media then to mock him.
 
American kids are lazy. Football participation is down among young kids in the U.S. as well. Takes alot of ambition to play a sport like football or Tennis.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Immigrants, no. Children of immigrants, yes.
Coached and pushed by immigrants in their early childhood then (especially in Agassi’s case) - i think it makes a clear difference. What I mean is rich kid types like Isner and Sock are mostly the only ones who are actually going into tennis. There is a 0% chance of a Djokovic type situation where a kid is playing tennis in an empty pool and then discovered - they’re all playing basketball or football.
 

Crazy Finn

Professional
Coached and pushed by immigrants in their early childhood then (especially in Agassi’s case) - i think it makes a clear difference. What I mean is rich kid types like Isner and Sock are mostly the only ones who are actually going into tennis. There is a 0% chance of a Djokovic type situation where a kid is playing tennis in an empty pool and then discovered - they’re all playing basketball or football.
Sure.

I wasn't disagreeing with the point, just pointing out that Andre and Pete weren't themselves immigrants.

There's plenty of rich kid types playing tennis elsewhere, too. But, it does SEEM to be more prevalent here, and the primary source for men's tennis in the US.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.

Visionary

Semi-Pro
OP, interesting point I wonder how many non-Americans that use American resources on the US soil are in the top 30. Just asking for I know that there are so many fine places, coaches, schools and youth tournaments in states that see some amazing talent in the sport. My thought is that the American citizens aren't comfortable with and/or committed to the sport enough for it costs much and does not offer adequate financial remuneration to most of the ones in. I also feel that the high school support for sports like football, basketball and even some other sports such as hockey and athletics is unequal to tennis.
 

BTURNER

Legend
American kids are lazy. Football participation is down among young kids in the U.S. as well. Takes alot of ambition to play a sport like football or Tennis.
football has gotten a lot of bad press over the last twenty years. No parent wants dementia type symptoms in their 35 year old son and no pediatrician is likely to recommend that option when talking about the value of sport in the lives of kids.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
American kids are lazy. Football participation is down among young kids in the U.S. as well. Takes alot of ambition to play a sport like football or Tennis.
It turns out head trauma is not good for your short or long-term health so more parents don't want their kids playing football. I don't know there is evidence that American kids in general are any lazier than kids from elsewhere.


 
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