Americans Are Not Good On Clay Courts

30 May

At least not when said clay courts are tennis courts in France:

Robby Ginepri heard the news at breakfast before heading out to play Wednesday: He was the last U.S. man in the French Open.

By early afternoon, he was gone, too, making Americans 0-9 in the first round, the country’s worst showing at Roland Garros in at least 40 years.


“They all wanted to win, like I did,” Ginepri said. “And we’re walking away with a loss. So it’s tough.”

It’s the first time at any Grand Slam tournament since the 1973 Australian Open that no man representing the United States will play in the second round of singles — and it’s worth noting that no Americans entered that Australian Open.

U.S. men went 0-8 on the French Open’s red clay Tuesday, with losses by No. 3-seeded Andy Roddick, No. 8 James Blake, Vince Spadea, Justin Gimelstob, Amer Delic, Robert Kendrick, Sam Querrey and Michael Russell.

Can we just do away with all of these ’rounds’ and ‘players’ and just get to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?


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