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No US players in the top ten since 1973

Next Monday is going to be the first time that there will be no US players ranked in the top 10 since 1973 and things doesn`t look to be even better in a nearby future considering that there are good players on the top 100 but none of them with real chances to be in the top 10.

There are two main points to consider:
1) One of them is what is exactly doing the USTA that they cannot produce any new big player in a country that traditionally is the one with best results in the history of tennis. What is the program that they have for Juniors and why do they fail to produce good players any longer?.

2) The results should really concern considering the amount of ATP, Challengers and Future tournaments that US holds and the fact that promoters of tournaments, advertising and TV would decide to take their money of out tennis. Or do you believe that things just will change of hands?

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Re: No US players in the top ten since 1973

Obviously it's a bit concerning, but I wouldn't call it catastrophic or anything like that.. Tennis has gone much more international these days, it is only natural that there are players from many different countries at the top. Also, US still has 3 players in top 20 which is a great result!

What I agree with though is that it seems that there are not that many upcoming talents from the US. Or shall I say, there are some talented young guys, but it just doesn't seem they are going to be top 10 material.. This might indicate that there is something wrong with the entire system, or maybe it's just a bad generation for your tennis? I find it hard to believe that there is something very wrong with the way kids are coached and with the conditions they are giving, I would actually assume that US LEADS the world in this area. So my guess would be that maybe it just so happened that there were no SUPERMEGA talents in this generation, not much you can do about it
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Re: No US players in the top ten since 1973

Love the title.

I knew what you meant, but it still made me laugh a little.
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Re: No US players in the top ten since 1973

One reason is that the USTA started way too late training their juniors how to play on the clay.

Most of the american players can't construct a point, have too big holes in their baseline game and a overall weak defense.
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At least where I live, tennis courts are either empty or filled with people who are 40+. You don't see any kids playing the sport. The majority of those at the academies are probably looking to get a college scholarship to pay for school than become the next big thing. I think it will be a while before we have another Connors/McEnroe or Sampras/Agassi.
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Love the title.

I knew what you meant, but it still made me laugh a little.
OK. I want a real discussion about the issue mentioned.. That`s the reason why I named US instead of Americans just to avoid silly confrontations.

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Re: No US players in the top ten since 1973

To be fair, they seem to have a lot of players in and around the top 20, so I wouldn't say it was too worrying.
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OK. I want a real discussion about the issue mentioned.. That`s the reason why I named US instead of Americans just to avoid silly confrontations.
No, that's not what I meant.

No US players in the top ten since 1973

Your title seems to read that, there was a US player in the top 10 in 1973 and it hasn't happened since.

Like I said, I knew what you meant to say and I realize that English isn't your first language, but it still made me laugh just a bit.

Anyway, on topic, it does look like US tennis is in a bad place in terms of top talent. We do have a lot of strong players, but no top players. And the future doesn't look particularily bright either (as far as I know).
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OK. I want a real discussion about the issue mentioned.. That`s the reason why I named US instead of Americans just to avoid silly confrontations.
What you mean is "No US Player in Top Ten for the First Time Since 1973. " What you said is the opposite from what you meant. That's why it's kind of
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Re: No US players in the top ten since 1973

This sucks, but it's just a minor bump in the road. There will be future American top players after Roddick. Guys like Isner and Querrey definitely has a chance at doing well, not to mention the new American player Tommy Haas.

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