Is There Any Hope for the American Men at the 2014 French Open?

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Is There Any Hope for the American Men at the 2014 French Open?
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John Isner

Roland Garros has not been kind to the Americans for the past decade. This is largely due to the style of play that American men have developed.

They boast monster serves and powerful groundstrokes but lack the clay-court consistency. The Americans grow up playing on the fast hard courts and do not develop the grind-it-out mentality necessary for success on clay.

Closing the point out in one or two shots may work on the faster surfaces, but it is almost impossible to win this way at Roland Garros.

The lack of developing long-point construction is largely the reason why no American has made it to the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. 

There are eight American men in the main draw this year, and John Isner is the only seeded American at No. 10. Will he or any of the other Americans advance to the quarterfinals this year?

It's time to look at how the Americans will fare at the 2014 French Open.

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