After Connors, Sampras Who?

 
on September 11 2012 3:34 PM

At least there are two representatives in the women's circuit. The Williams sisters. But Andy Roddick's retirement leaves the United States without an active men's Grand Slam champion for the first time in 129 years. With him goes the face of American men's tennis.

There was another 'first' on 4th August, 2010, when no American turned up in the top 10 of the ATP Ranking. Since 1973, the year when tennis ranking system started, it never happened before.

If we consider the first 100, then only eight from United States will come up. Amongst them John Isner, who is at 11 holds the highest ranking. After Isner, there are Sam Querrey (22nd), Mardy Fish (23rd), Roddick (27th), Ryan Harrison (51st), Brian Baker (55th), Michael Russell (94th), Jesse Levine (97th).

Have we gone through the ranking points of these nine players, the facts would be more alarming. Amongst them no one is with more than 2300 ranking point. Isner with 2250 is the highest. Apart from him only three have more than thousand ranking point- Querrey 1310, Fish 1255 and Roddick 1095. The others are hanging there some how with Harrison 695, Baker 656, Russell 454 and Levine 651 points.

With 13 Davis Cup trophies, and which is a world record, the US men's tennis is clearly short of breath now. The wretched state is getting more and more apparent. The same country which had produced Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras has no such icon now.

After Andy Roddick's US Open triumph in 2003, no other American has become successful in a major. This type of trophy drought happened to US men's circuit only once before, when after John McEnroe won at New York in 1984, they had to wait for five long years to win another Slam. Michael Chang brought some smile to the US fans by winning the French Open in 1989.

During the reign of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal players like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Juan Martin del Potro played some memorable matches against them, and even snatched victories also, but no Americans could make any mark.

The bitter fact is that the James Blakes, the John Isners could not promote themselves to the upper stage.

Now US tennis is desperately searching for the predecessor of Connors, Sampras.

A successor will arise, as it always does, but the West Coast quartet of Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras, whose combined 27 Grand Slam titles may never be matched.

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