Much has been said about the downfall of tennis in the United States in recent years.
A country with one of the greatest traditions in the game has not dominated men's or women's tennis since Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi retired.
In 2011, the U.S. took a beating from Spain in the Davis Cup in Andy Roddick’s own backyard of Austin, Texas, and the ladies were relegated to the second tier in the Federation Cup.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has shown a great concern with the issue and has taken action, putting together a strong player-development program.
This program includes a clay-court game development wing, headed by renowned coach and former top-10 player José Higueras, with a clear goal of teaching a proper foundation to young Americans’ games.
Having two players among the top 20 may be a great deal for countries with less tradition in tennis, but it is certainly not the case for the U.S. Expectations are high, and the pressure for better results is definitely on.
When it comes to rankings, it hasn’t always been like this. There are some key records that still belong to great American players, such as Pete Sampras' 286 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world and his streak of six consecutive year-ends with the ATP world No. 1 ranking.
Rankings are often questionable, like Caroline Wozniacki reaching No. 1 without winning a major title, but they surely do say a lot about a player and ultimately reward who is the best week in, week out.
Let’s take a look at some less known but still remarkable records related to rankings that are still in possession of some great Americans players, led by the legendary Jimmy Connors.
The data in this article was researched by a great tennis blogger José Nilton Dalcim.