Future looks increasingly dim for American tennis
As the championship continues far from home, with the United States trying to impress the world ...
No, no ... not
The other sedate, genteel and -- thank God -- mercifully quiet one ...
Yes, Wimbledon has also begun, and, if you get the chance to watch
The fact is that, at 27, which is nearing old age in tennis, Roddick is the last American male to win a Grand Slam title -- and that
On the women's side, the great American tennis void is even more gaping. The
What makes this all the more ironic is that we are experiencing another tennis boom. More than thirty million Americans now play the sport. Why can't any of them under the age of 27 be any good?
The two best after Roddick are
The situation is even more parlous with our women. After the Williams sister act, our next-best is ranked a distant 34. We have all of four women in the top one hundred. In fact, it is far more difficult to understand why American girls now fail so much at tennis. Boys have popular team sports to attract the best athletes, but girls' team sports don't produce nearly as much attention or remuneration. The biggest female athletic celebrities and the ones who have made the most money have traditionally been tennis players. Good grief, we pay more attention just to how Venus and Serena dress than to what other U.S. women athletes actually
But tennis is an arduous exercise and it's lonely hitting all those thousands of shots against a relentless ball machine. Maybe it's simply become too rigorous a game for our children to devote themselves to ... so, you can roll up the net when you leave, Mr. Roddick.