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2012 US Open Tennis: Why American Men Will Come Up Empty at Flushing

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Benjamin J. BlockCorrespondent IIAugust 22, 2012

The US Open is just days away and the final Major of the 2012 Grand Slams is bound to feature some incredible tennis, it just won't come from the American men.

One would think that by playing the last Major Championship in 2012 on American soil, in the greatest city in the world, would be enough to bring out the best in the American male talent that will be competing.

You would be wrong.

You have to go all the way back to 2003 for the last time an American male dominated the US Open. As you can see in this video, it was the then wide-eyed, 21-year-old Andy Roddick who thrilled the tennis world.

Nearly a decade has gone by where an American male hasn't been a focal point of the US Open. American tennis fans were spoiled all those years where Sampras, Agassi, Courier, McEnroe, Connors and Chang all inflicted their dominance at the years' final Major.

The American men from the 1970's through the early 2000's were feared when the US Open rolled around every August in Flushing, NY. 

Now, there is no home-court advantage for Americans. Fans still hold out hope of course, but the expectation that American men will still be around come the second week is low.

Here are three main reasons why the American men will come up empty in this US Open.

 

Only two American Males are ranked in the top 20 of the tournament 

The 2012 US Open Men's Singles Seeds were released, only Americans John Isner and Andy Roddick cracked the top 20 with the No. 9 and No. 20 seed respectively.

Not only is it pathetic that they are the only two in the top 20, but both of these men are no threat to break through in this tournament. You better go see them in the first couple days if you want to see them at all in the 2012 US Open.

These two guys representing the chances of American men in this tournament speaks volumes for how far American tennis has fallen in just the past decade.

The only thing Isner is known for doing in a Major is outlasting Nicolas Mahut in that epic 11-hour Wimbledon match.

Andy Roddick's triumph at the 2003 US Open is a distant memory and he hasn't given tennis fans anything to be excited about in a while. 

 

No American has won a Major since 2003 

When no American male wins a Major in nine years, it tends to weigh heavily on the minds of fans and media alike.

Aside from that glaring fact, Americans haven't even threatened to win a Major. Roddick has come the closest with making a couple Wimbledon finals, but lets be real here, there's been no legitimate threat. 

European talent is overwhelming

There was a time when tennis was dominated by players from just the United States and Australia, but the sport has grown globally in the last twenty years or so and Americans just haven't kept up pace.

In an New York Times article written by Christopher Clarey in 2011, John McEnroe was quoted on how American tennis is falling behind.

“Our job is to do a better job of coaching them and mentoring them, and I think, quite frankly, we fell behind in that department as a country over all in developing players from a technical standpoint and a strategic standpoint.”

McEnroe and Connors dominated in their era, then passed the torch to Sampras and Agassi who carried it proudly, and Roddick has proven time and time again that he couldn't carry on the tradition of great American tennis.

American's will definitely come up empty in the 2012 US Open, you can take that to the bank.

American men better start taking more pride and making some changes because a decade of being the doormat of men's tennis is enough. 

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