Martina Navratilova on the American men’s tennis crisis

To date, in the week between 10 and 16 May 2021, no US player is present in the world top-30: the first is Taylor Fritz, currently in 31st place in the ATP ranking. Followed by John Isner (34th), Reilly Opelka (47th), Tommy Paul (55th), Tennys Sandgren (65th), Sam Querrey (66th), Sebastian Korda (67th), Frances Tiafoe (74th), Marcos Giron (84th) and Steve Johnson (85th).

Former champion and holder of 18 events of the Grand Slam in singles Martina Navratilova recently commented on the bad times of American men’s tennis, as reported by the Punto de Break website.

She said: “It goes in cycles. Just look at Italian tennis. In this case, for ten years it was the girls who stood out. Now it is the boys who are in the elite. The same goes for American tennis. They are cycles and I hope that our kids will improve little by little. We cannot forget Sebastian Korda, who I believe has a spectacular future ahead of him in our sport.”

The last greatest US player was Roddick

The last great USA player was probably Andy Roddick. Born in 1982 in Nebraska, A-Rod made his country dream in 2003, when he won the US Open title (his only Grand Slam title) and he became the new number one in the world rankings, a position he held for a total of 13 weeks.

Winner of 32 ATP titles, Roddick also triumphed in St. Polten, the Queen’s in London, Indianapolis, Montreal and Cincinnati in the same season, reaching the final in Memphis and Houston. Retired from professional tennis in 2012, Andy also played in three finals at Wimbledon, always losing to Roger Federer.

His last title on the ATP Tour took place in the summer of nine years ago in Atlanta, where he overtook Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller by a score of 1-6 7-6 6-2. Railly Opelka unexpectedly reached the semifinal at the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, defeated by the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal with a double 6-4.

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