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MEN’S TENNIS SINGLES ATP RANKINGS: WHERE ARE THE AMERICANS?

When one thinks of Tennis and America, some unforgettable memories immediately come to mind. The irresistible serve and volley game of Pete Sampras (14 Grand Slam titles second only to Roger Federer, 286 weeks at top of ATP Rankings, a world record), the only player in history to achieve a Career Golden Slam Andre Agassi (8 Grand Slam titles, former World No 1 and best service returner in history of the game), the mercurial and temperamental genius John McEnroe (7 Grand Slam titles and former World No 1), the left handed master at work Jimmy Connors (8 Grand Slam titles, World No 1 for 160 consecutive weeks and 268 weeks overall), Jim Courier (4 Grand Slam titles and former World No 1), Arthur Ashe (3 Grand Slam titles) have all given us some of the most wonderful moments to savor. America has undoubtedly been one of the most dominant nations in the world of Tennis, producing one champion after another.

But, unfortunately, that aura has slowly disappeared over the years and ever since Andre Agassi’s retirement 4 years ago, there has not been anyone to Don the Mantle and carry on the legacy of American Tennis. For all the Andy Roddick fans, a solitary Grand Slam title, that too way back in 2003 and only a very brief stint as No 1 (13 weeks) are not the credentials that could classify him as one of the greats of the game.

The following are the latest Men’s Singles ATP Rankings as on 9th August 2010:

  1. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  2. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  3. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  4. Andy Murray (Great Britain)
  5. Robin Soderling (Sweden)
  6. Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)
  7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
  8. Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)
  9. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
  10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)

Trying to find an American? There is none in the top 10 and that has happened for the first time since the ATP rankings began in 1973. Andy Roddick has also slipped to 11th position. From the days when there was either an American at No 1 or there was one giving the No 1 a hard run for his money, this has been a significant and a very sorry transition for American tennis. Infact, there are a mere 5 American players in the top 100 right now and quite honestly, there seems no one with the caliber to even come close to the top.

If we have a look at the Women’s Singles Rankings, we have the William Sisters still having their stranglehold with Serena (World No 1) and Venus (World No 4). But Serena and Venus have been around for a long long time. Who is next in the rankings? Oudin Melanie at No 42 followed by only 2 more in top 100. So once the William Sisters retire, which can’t be far away, there is no one once again to fill in the boots.

This is a new low for American tennis and it looks as if we are witnessing another recession in the United States of America. Can any bail-out package arrest this decline, I wonder…

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