America has had an embarrassment of riches in Slam-winning tennis players. They're usually quite good at hard courts, too.
On the men's side, we've had 19 champions and six all-American finals in the open era.
The women's side? 21 champions, nine all-American finals.
Of course, America is in a mini-drought with the men right now, going without a champion since Roddick in 2003.
Our longest dry-spell? A 10-year stretch for the women from 1988-1997.
Why does that give the U.S. Open an edge over other slams? Because that annual success in New York is a big part of what fuels the continued growth of tennis in the U.S. It makes the fans happy, helps get new venues built, elevates the country's Masters and Premier events into mini-majors, brings in sponsors and gives young players an example.
Success breeds success in tennis; Li Na's single French Open title is already spurring a boom in Chinese tennis.
Even if the men stay winless for a while, compared to the other Slams, America will still be doing fine.
Australian men have gone 35 years without a title in Melbourne. The women? 33 years.
France has had a drought of 28 years for the men and 11 years for the women. Yannick Noah last raised the Coupe des Mousquetaires in 1983, and Mary Pierce last held the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in 2000. Both were the only French champions at Roland Garros in the open era.
As for Wimbledon, let's just say it's been a while. A British woman, Ann Haydon Jones, won Wimbledon in 1969 and Virginia Wade won in 1977. But as for the gentlemen, it's best we try not to think about it.