At the start of the French Open, I wrote an article titled, "What's wrong with Men's Tennis?" As if the players were trying to validate my argument, the 10 Americans in the field essentially laid down and let the rest of the world walk all over them.
Of the 10 that made the main draw, only two reached the second round. Sam Querrey (another promising American) fell in his next match, leaving the tenth-seed, Mardy Fish, as the only American to advance to the third round.
Cut to a nauseous and rather depressed looking Patrick McEnroe. What's worse, was the way the Americans lost.
Fish showed heart. So too did rising star John Isner who, unfortunately, drew Rafa in the first round but was still his only opponent to push the eventual champion to five sets (not bad for a big guy not know for his footwork). Sam Querrey flashed a fighting spirit as well.
Otherwise, the Americans came and went showing as much toughness and resolve as the French (you know the same people that we in America often make fun of for not having much courage in battle).
Some back home brushed it off with the tired argument that "American's don't play well on clay, that it's not natural to us."
That theory would hold water if not for the fact that Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Andre Agassi didn't all have shiny French Open trophies on their living room mantles. Also, I don't remember seeing too many grass courts in Spain the last time I was there. Don't tell that to Nadal though.
But fine, the French Open disaster is behind us and Wimbledon is finally here. The tournament where Americans have won 15 of the 42 Open Era titles (or just more than 33 percent).
Ah, Wimbledon. So we are back, right? The Americans are going to dominate the summer months starting on the famed lawns of The All England Club?
Sadly no. American tennis is facing its darkest hour. With Querrey having withdrawn because of an arm injury, its looking even worse than before.
Avert your eyes America and put your faith in Andy Roddick because he is the only one capable of helping to avoid an otherwise ugly showing. He has the opportunity to make our great tennis nation proud again.
Forget U-S-A, it's all about An-dy! An-dy! for these next two weeks.
Here is a list of all the Americans in the draw (not including qualifiers), and how they will fare.