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Old 07-14-2019, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by iiandyiiii View Post
I think part of the explanation, at least for the lack of American competition, is that the best male American athletes are generally funneled into basketball, football, and a few other sports.
That could well be part of it. Tennis's heyday as a spectator sport (and, its peak from a participation standpoint) in the U.S. was the 1970s, and into the 1980s. If young athletes aren't being exposed to tennis the way they used to be, and aren't seeing tennis as an attractive sport to compete in, fewer will pursue it.

BTW, here's the current men's rankings -- there are only three American men in the top 50, and only one of them is in the top 30.

Edit: it's a little less dire for the U.S. on the women's side, where six Americans are in the top 50, and three in the top 20...but two of the six are the Williams sisters, whose days are limited.

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