But, this is no longer the case. No American male player has reached the US Open finals in it's last five editions. Why have American players failed to impress on the world stage as these players did?
It is not that there are no US players on the circuit, apart from Roddick. There are players such as Mardy Fish, James Blake who represent the US, but they have not won any slam till date, forget the US Open. They have won some tournaments here and there but the US Open has always eluded them. Will they ever win? Their best performance in front of their home fans has been a quarter-final finish. They have also been receiving a similar support as those of their peers at Flushing Meadows, but it is their quality that's in question.
Other players from other nations have leaped way ahead of the current crop of US players. We do not find any such player who is capable of carrying that US flag high in the Tennis world, which their peers of the 90s did for the nation. For how long can US Tennis fans bask in the glory of the former great players from the US?
One has to agree that the game has undergone a shift as power game, where European nations have come into the limelight such as Switzerland, Spain, and Serbia. The game has truly become a global one with many more nations playing the game and dominating it - more so at the turn of the last decade. But, it is surprising that the US players have not been able to reach that level, which others have reached.
Yes, there comes a time, when a nation loses its dominance in a sport, as is turning out to be the case with the US men's tennis. Surprisingly, the women's tennis players has been doing comparitively much better with the Williams sisters winning a lot of Grand Slams including the US Open. The ladies seem to have taken over the champion baton from the men in US tennis. Chris Evert passed on the winning champion's baton to Martina Navratilova, who then passed it to Venus, who passed it within her family to Serena. What will happen to the US male Tennis players? Whom will Andy Roddick pass his baton to?
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