Three Americans in Top 50, has US tennis ever been in a worse state relatively?

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Isner 10 and likely to lose some points at Wimbledon.

Tiafoe 36 can’t seem to build consistency and criticised for his awkward forehand.

Fritz 42 good mid level tour pro, can we say more?

I know it’s well broadcast that the US hasn’t had a slam winner for a while, but as things are shaping up it appears very unlikely that there will be one anytime soon.

Have US prospects for tennis success on the men’s tour sunk to a new level?

Why have US women put in a relatively much better performance?

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Mostly just football here that is the dominant sport over tennis.

I think especially varsity team sports really eat into the other sports
Yet America continues to churn out so many great golfers.
 
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Golf also pays better than tennis
It strikes me that American relative failure in tennis is a peculiar and unexplained anomaly given the size of the country, their historical success and success is many other sports and endeavours.

For example does track and swimming pay well?
 

tacou

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No one cares about a country going down the hill! In 2025 US open will be shifted to more worthy countries such as china and renamed China Open!
you could certainly argue America does not deserve the U.S. Open at this point (hypothetically, of course), but China sure as heck does not deserve a major. attendance at their events is awful.

It strikes me that American relative failure in tennis is a peculiar and unexplained anomaly given the size of the country, their historical success and success is many other sports and endeavours.

For example does track and swimming pay well?
not sure if it’s a chicken/egg situation, but I think the overall issue is Americans just do not care about tennis. Even when Sloan/Madison faced off in US Open final, there was no buzz outside the tennis world. Sure, the match stunk, but leading up to it you had two young Americans in the final of their home slam, and ESPN/national media barely paid attention.
 
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you could certainly argue America does not deserve the U.S. Open at this point (hypothetically, of course), but China sure as heck does not deserve a major. attendance at their events is awful.


not sure if it’s a chicken/egg situation, but I think the overall issue is Americans just do not care about tennis. Even when Sloan/Madison faced off in US Open final, there was no buzz outside the tennis world. Sure, the match stunk, but leading up to it you had two young Americans in the final of their home slam, and ESPN/national media barely paid attention.
I hope a charismatic American champion appears on the scene soon. Tennis would benefit if there was an American more often in the running.
 
It strikes me that American relative failure in tennis is a peculiar and unexplained anomaly given the size of the country, their historical success and success is many other sports and endeavours.

For example does track and swimming pay well?
They pay zilch but they're cheaper to get into compared to tennis and American schools have more track and swimming programs? Idk
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Isner 10 and likely to lose some points at Wimbledon.

Tiafoe 36 can’t seem to build consistency and criticised for his awkward forehand.

Fritz 42 good mid level tour pro, can we say more?

I know it’s well broadcast that the US hasn’t had a slam winner for a while, but as things are shaping up it appears very unlikely that there will be one anytime soon.

Have US prospects for tennis success on the men’s tour sunk to a new level?

Why have US women put in a relatively much better performance?

Discuss:
Especially crazy since we’ve been hearing from McEnroe Bros. and others for years how many great young players we have in the woodwork.

Where are they and who did they mean?
 
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They pay zilch but they're cheaper to get into compared to tennis and American schools have more track and swimming programs? Idk
True it’s a bigger investment for less potential return but then again Serbia has nearly has as many men in the top 100.

Also much of the investment in American tennis has already been sunk in terms of the superb tennis infrastructure the country already hosts.
 

ScentOfDefeat

G.O.A.T.
They play really uninspired tennis.
There was something in the air in the 80's and 90's that made American players a lot more talented, it seems.
 

Enga

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They play really uninspired tennis.
There was something in the air in the 80's and 90's that made American players a lot more talented, it seems.
Maybe sense of adventure is lacking? In tennis you can tour the world if youre good enough. In some other sports you only tour the US.
 

bjsnider

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For the first many decades of pro tennis, the sport was dominated by the Americans and Aussies. The Aussies mainly import players now, and I think the Americans should do the same.
 

Mustard

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But wasn't that always the case yet, in the past, US tennis still threw up Connors, McEnroe, Courier, Chang, Agassi, Sampras and Roddick, all GS champions and top players?
These days, American players in men's tennis seem stereotypical. They try to blast things off the face of the Earth.
 
Stop making tennis a country club sport. Your average joe doesn't care about a bunch of rich boys and girls playing a high class sport. NFL and NBA will always have more appeal due to it being a common sport many of us grew up playing at least at some point. Everyone has shot a basketball or thrown a football at a park, but no one really plays tennis other than tennis players
 

reaper

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Do Canadians have the same sporting options as Americans? Toronto won the basketball so they clearly play that, what about baseball and gridiron? Canada doesn't seem to have a problem producing players right now.
 

BorisRogerFan

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Back then, when pretty much nobody played at a pro level outside the States and Australia, it was quite easy for these two countries to wedge quite a few players beetween the top 10, Don't you think so?

It cant be by chance that Australia has only produced 3 good players since the Laver-Rosewall era. The splayers's upply market has grown a lot since then.
 
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