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2013 U.S. Open: American men’s tennis woes, by the numbers
The best men's tennis players in the world have once again gathered in New York, and they figure to make themselves at home.
As the U.S. Open begins Monday, American threats are once again lacking in the men's draw. Only John Isner, the top U.S. seed at No. 13, has generated any hint of momentum heading into Flushing Meadows. His surprising run to the final in Cincinnati in the last major tune-up for the Open vaulted him from No. 22 to No. 14 in the ATP World Tour rankings.
That was a symbolic victory for U.S. tennis, as the previous week saw no American men ranked in the world's top 20 for the first time in the 40-year history of the rankings. But it won't do much to alter the big picture heading into the Open.
The days of Pete Sampras and John McEnroe are long gone. Andy Roddick was the last American man to win a Grand Slam, and that was a whopping decade ago in New York.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the U.S. drought and what to watch for the next two weeks:
BEYOND THE SLAMS
One step down from the Grand Slams on the ATP World Tour are the Masters 1000 Series tournaments, which draw the strongest fields outside the Slams. There are nine of them each year, four of them occurring in North America: Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami in the spring and Cincinnati and Canada (Montreal/Toronto) in the summer.
From the start of the 2004 season through the Cincinnati tournament last week, U.S. players have won only four of 88 possible Masters titles.
The last two U.S. winners of each North American Masters event:
Indian Wells: Andre Agassi, 2001; Michael Chang, 1997
Miami: Andy Roddick, 2010; Roddick, 2004
Cincinnati: Roddick, 2006; Agassi, 2004
Canada: Roddick, 2003; Chris Woodruff, 1997
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Though active U.S. players have won titles here and there, most have come at the ATP World Tour 250 Series level — the fourth tier in the ATP structure. That means even those victories have come against fields mostly devoid of top-level international players
34 — ATP World Tour titles won by active U.S. men
9 — Titles won in tournaments held outside North America, most recently Sam Querrey at Queens Club in London in June 2010
2 — Titles at a level above the 250 Series: Querrey in Memphis (500 Series) in 2010 and James Blake in D.C. (500 Series) in 2002
Rundown of active U.S. players with ATP titles on their resumes
Rank - Player- Age - Titles - Most Recent
14th - John Isner - 28 - 7 - Atlanta 2013
29th - Sam Querrey - 25 - 7 - Los Angeles 2012
100th - James Blake - 33 - 10 - New Haven 2007
128th - Rajeev Ram - 29 - 1 - Newport 2009
173rd - Mardy Fish - 31 - 6 - Atlanta 2011
236th - Robby Ginepri - 30 - 3 - Indianapolis 2009
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Marc Lancaster has covered Major League Baseball for the Tampa Tribune and the Cincinnati Post and served as an editor at FanHouse.com and SportsIllustrated.com. A University of Georgia graduate, he began his career as a sportswriter at the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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