2013 French Open: Meet 7 Americans Making Their Roland Garros Debut
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Despite the talk of the demise of American Tennis, the U.S. has more players competing at Roland Garros than Russia (26), Germany (28) and Spain (29).
Some, like Madison Keys, have already made a name for themselves.
Then there are those like 26-year-old Alex Kuztnesov, who put in many long hours on smaller circuits, fighting for a chance at the big time.
Keys played her way up the rankings and into the main draw.
They may lack mega endorsement deals. But making it to the main draw of the French Open for the first time is a monumental accomplishment for most of these players.
Mallory Burdette: Jackson, Ga.
Mallory Burdette vs. Sabine Lisicki in Charleston
Shelby Rogers: Charleston, S.C.
Shelby Rogers at 2012 Family Circle
Shelby Rogers makes her French Open debut at age 20.
Rogers was a ball girl at the 2001 Family Circle Cup, where she presented winner Jennifer Capriati with a bouquet of flowers.
Steve Johnson: Orange, Calif.
Steve Johnson wins his second straight NCAA Singles Title
David Kudla: Arlington, Va.
Denis Kudla vs. Bradley Klahn in ATP Challenger event
Denis Kudla defeated Arthur De Greef of Belgium, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (7), 6-2, to punch his ticket into the main draw at Roland Garros.
Born in the Ukraine, Kudla moved to the Northern Virginia area with his parents as a toddler.
Grace Min: Atlanta, Ga.
Grace Min at 2012 Australian Open Wild Card Playoff
Grace Min, 19, grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville.
She defeated Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4, to earn her spot in the main draw.
Alex Kuznetsov: Richboro, Pa.
Alex Kuznetsov hits a winner against Rafael Nadal at 2012 Aussie Open
Madison Keys: Boca Raton, Fla.
Madison Keys v Li Na in Madrid