The next American grand slam winner? Is he currently playing?

SamprasisGOAT

Professional
I noticed out of 10 Americans in the first round of the French open only 1 made it to the second round. Very poor. I know clay isn’t Americans best surface but still.

It got me wondering who will the next American slam winner be? Is he even currently on the tour?

Is there any potential next gen slam winner from the states? 15 16 17 18 year old who are any good?

Also I can’t help but notice why does every American have double handed back hands for the last 20 years?

Strange times indeed.
 

StANDAA

G.O.A.T.
I'm fully expecting you to call me out on my **** now when I go either bald or grey.
I already think you’ve mispelled the second part of your username. You wanted to write D at the beginning, but the R and D are so close to each other on the keyboard that you’ve made a typo. Also, I think you’ve mispelled Ginger in the first part of your username.
Matter of opinion that is. Anyway you can hardly talk about usernames pal. Yours is pointless
Wow what a burn how will I ever recover from that.
 

tennisfan17

Semi-Pro
Also this might be a hot take but looking at current Americans, I fully believe that opelka or Paul has what it takes from a game play style. Paul and Opelka both were hampered with injuries (or mono in the case of smiley). I know people will call out opelka as a one dimensional serve bot but when you watch his game, awkward as it is, he does a lot right.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Yeah no time soon, and one handed backhand is an elegant motion. I would say Americans are not known for their elegance, and now tennis. Then again, as a Fed fan I think my son will start with a two hander considering it is more affective in most cases.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Isn't he that already (granted there's another 61 years to go before he can match Fred's record)? :cool:
Damn I've been calling Federer 'Fred' so often I thought Roddick might get 20 Slams in 61 years.

But I guess he kinda is already but I imagine that part of his legacy will just grow over time. It would be nice for him to be remembered as a winner rather than the guy who lost the record Wimbly final.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
One can ask the same question of many other nationalities. Is the next Australian, French, German, Swedish, Russian, British Grand Slam singles winner currently playing or have any of them been born yet? :cool:
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
One can ask the same question of many other nationalities. Is the next Australian, French, German, Swedish, Russian, British Grand Slam singles winner currently playing or have any of them been born yet? :cool:
It's pleasing that, for once, the Brits have the shortest gap since their previous male slam champion;

- Britain (3 yrs: Murray, 2016 W)
- Russia (14 yrs: Safin, 2005 AO)
- USA (16 yrs: Roddick, 2003 US)
- Australia (17 yrs: Hewitt, 2002 AO)
- Sweden (17 yrs: Johansson, 2002 AO)
- Germany (23 yrs: Becker, 1996 AO)
- France (36 yrs: Noah, 1983 FO)
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
It's pleasing that, for once, the Brits have the shortest gap since their previous male slam champion;

- Britain (3 yrs: Murray, 2016 W)
- Russia (14 yrs: Safin, 2005 AO)
- USA (16 yrs: Roddick, 2003 US)
- Australia (17 yrs: Hewitt, 2002 AO)
- Sweden (17 yrs: Johansson, 2002 AO)
- Germany (23 yrs: Becker, 1996 AO)
- France (36 yrs: Noah, 1983 FO)
We went from one extreme to the other. No half measures with us Brits! ;)
 

RS92

Hall of Fame
It's pleasing that, for once, the Brits have the shortest gap since their previous male slam champion;

- Britain (3 yrs: Murray, 2016 W)
- Russia (14 yrs: Safin, 2005 AO)
- USA (16 yrs: Roddick, 2003 US)
- Australia (17 yrs: Hewitt, 2002 AO)
- Sweden (17 yrs: Johansson, 2002 AO)
- Germany (23 yrs: Becker, 1996 AO)
- France (36 yrs: Noah, 1983 FO)
Hewitt Wimbledon 2002, then blew his chance to win the AO in 05 against Safin.

France... All the money they spend and the best they got in the last decades is Tsonga reaching a GS final and winning a couple of M1000 lol
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
France... All the money they spend and the best they got in the last decades is Tsonga reaching a GS final and winning a couple of M1000 lol
As I've said several times before, French men's tennis is the best example of how, no matter how good your youth/coaching system is, you can't simply produce champions. France has, for many decades, had a consistent pipeline of top 10/20 players, guys who reach slam QFs/SFs/some finals, but only one French male in the past 70 years has managed to get over the final hurdle and win a slam.
 

RS92

Hall of Fame
As I've said several times before, French men's tennis is the best example of how, no matter how good your youth/coaching system is, you can't simply produce champions. France has, for many decades, had a consistent pipeline of top 10/20 players, guys who reach slam QFs/SFs/some finals, but only one French male in the past 70 years has managed to get over the final hurdle and win a slam.
Maybe they'll have one in the next century.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
As I've said several times before, French men's tennis is the best example of how, no matter how good your youth/coaching system is, you can't simply produce champions. France has, for many decades, had a consistent pipeline of top 10/20 players, guys who reach slam QFs/SFs/some finals, but only one French male in the past 70 years has managed to get over the final hurdle and win a slam.
73 years to be precise. Prior to Noah in 1983, the last French male champion at Roland Garros was Marcel Bernard in 1946. Yvon Petra then won Wimbledon the following month.
 

Djokodalerer31

Hall of Fame
I will say though, Donald Young...any day now, he's going to break through.
Yeah right...maybe when they ban the entire line-up of next-gen players after the last member of big-3 retires for that one particular tournament! And even then they would have to ask 36 years old Cilic, 39 years old Wawrinka and 34 years old Nishikori to play using only one hand and jump on one foot instead of running on two...then maybe...just maybe...
 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
I really like Mackenzie McDonald (in spite of his foolish name). I have been waiting for him to put things together for a while. A slightly more consistent serve, and really putting in effort to becoming a quality returner would make a huge difference to his results.

Unfortunately I think the era of short guys winning Grand Slams went out with Lleyton Hewitt, but he could definitely make some waves in the top 20.
 
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