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American men's tennis has nose-dived over recent years and the dominance which has been seen over recent decades seems to be over, meaning there is little chance of the home crowd witnessing an American lifting the US Open trophy.

Pete Sampras used to warn American tennis fans that they were spoilt, as for years they had the era where Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominated, then the likes of Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang took over their mantle.

In more recent years it has been Andy Roddick and James Blake who have led the charge for male US tennis stars, but between them they have won just one major title and that pales into insignificance compared to the more illustrious figures that have gone before them.

Now, with only weeks to go until Flushing Meadows hosts the US Open, the latest ATP rankings show no Americans in the world's top ten for the first time since the ranking system began back in 1973.

Roddick has dropped to number 11 in the world after being a staple in the top ten for over four years. There are only another five US players in the world's top 100. The tennis odds suggest these players will struggle to make any kind of impact.

You have to wonder quite what the likes of Connors, McEnroe and Sampras would make of the day when only John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Michael Russell join Roddick into the top 100 players in the world.

Tennis in America is suffering, as there had been a steady decline in the amount of people playing and watching the sport, with youngsters across the country more tempted by the razzle-dazzle of the NBA, NFL or MLB.

Tens of thousands of home fans will be in attendance at Flushing Meadow between August 30th and September 12th, but how many of them will be confident that an American could lift the trophy? The US Open betting suggests it's very unlikely.

The chances of that happening are very slim, but more worryingly for USA fans there does not seem to be a new generation of starts coming through to takeover the mantle of Roddick. It is starting to seem like a long time since Sampras beat Agassi in the US Open final in 2002.
 
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