As of the end of the US Open and Andy Roddick's retirement, there are no active male American tennis players who have won a Grand Slam. Is this the first time in the Open Era that this has happened?
#126793. Asked by adams627. (Sep 15 12 6:00 AM)
Yes. Agassi was active when Roddick won his, Chang was active when Sampras won his first, McEnroe was active when Chang won his, Stan Smith was active when Connors won his first, Ashe was active when Smith won his first, and Alex Olmedo was active when Ashe won his first. The rest is obvious from the table in the link.|
Also the wikipedia pages of the various players to check retirement years.
There are some interesting stats in this article:|
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES - September 11, 2012
After Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras And Andy Roddick Who Is The US' Next Great Tennis Player?
At least there are two representatives in the women's circuit. The Williams sisters. But Andy Roddick's retirement leaves the United States without an active men's Grand Slam champion for the first time in 129 years. With him goes the face of American men's tennis.
There was another 'first' on 4th August, 2010, when no American turned up in the top 10 of the ATP Ranking. Since 1973, the year when tennis ranking system started, it never happened before.
If we consider the first 100, then only eight from United States will come up. Amongst them John Isner, who is at 11 holds the highest ranking. After Isner, there are Sam Querrey (22nd), Mardy Fish (23rd), Roddick (27th), Ryan Harrison (51st), Brian Baker (55th), Michael Russell (94th), Jesse Levine (97th).
Have we gone through the ranking points of these nine players, the facts would be more alarming. Amongst them no one is with more than 2300 ranking point. Isner with 2250 is the highest. Apart from him only three have more than thousand ranking point- Querrey 1310, Fish 1255 and Roddick 1095. The others are hanging there some how with Harrison 695, Baker 656, Russell 454 and Levine 651 points.
With 13 Davis Cup trophies, and which is a world record, the US men's tennis is clearly short of breath now. The wretched state is getting more and more apparent. The same country which had produced Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras has no such icon now.
After Andy Roddick's US Open triumph in 2003, no other American has become successful in a major. This type of trophy drought happened to US men's circuit only once before, when after John McEnroe won at New York in 1984, they had to wait for five long years to win another Slam. Michael Chang brought some smile to the US fans by winning the French Open in 1989.
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