My take on this is that the USTA has done a sorry job of promoting tennis in the US. The Aussies are thinking of buildnig clay courts to rejuvinate tennis Down Under. What do we do? We build more parking lots. The USTA seems only interested in the quick buck and not the long term health of tennis. If the USTA really wants to invest in the future of tennis, they'll change the US Open to HarTru or grass. They'll promote the building of public grass or clay courts. In short, they'll announce ASAP a move away from hard courts. The US is producing big serves and forehands, but no champions.