Friday, February 27, 2015
Speaking of relevant, this is my first blog post in almost a year. The last update was February 2014, which illustrates my true commitment to all things not related to American tennis. I have still been watching from afar, occasionally going to tournaments, playing every week, chatting with the few guys I know that are still on tour and of course tweeting here and there. Mostly I haven't posted because you don't really need me! What I set out to do has been executed with enthusiastic vigor by Jonathan Kelley at On the Rise. Blogging is a grind and it's a total commitment and Jo has been a rock star. American tennis is lucky to have someone like him so go check out his content.
Besides being called out for my lack of posting, I wanted to write because this has been an exciting time in American tennis. I can't remember the last time I said that. Consider what's happened:
Monday, April 7, 2014
Despite being out of Davis Cup this week was a good one for the American men. That's because, let's face it, if you're an American tennis follower like myself all the action these days is happening on the challenger circuit. Big congrats to Steve Johnson (Le Gosier) and Rajeev Ram (Leon) who both won titles away from home this week. The week gives us seven players in the top 100 and raises Johnson up to a career high 69 in the world with little to defend the rest of the year. A top 50 year finish is absolutely possible for him. Le Gosier markes Johnson's fourth career challenger title.
John Isner is also up a spot to #9 this week, though he's defending title points in Houston. Here are the updated rankings:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Granted Serena won the singles title in Miami and the Bryan brothers won doubles, but this blog focuses on men's singles and we're sinking further into the abyss at that exercise. After Miami the rankings look like this:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I think it's safe to say the negatives have outweighed the positives, though. The title in Auckland for Isner came at the expense of him being able to compete at the Australian Open or Davis Cup, and without him the lack of depth really showed. Only two Americans made it to the 3rd round of the Aussie (Donald Young and Sam Querrey) and they were both dispatched in routine straights. Those two would end up representing the Americans in San Diego.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
13. John Isner (-)
49. Sam Querrey (+2)
79. Donald Young (+12)
82. Bradley Klahn (+11)
89. Jack Sock (+6)
97. Michael Russell (-5)
100. Tim Smyczek (-10)
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
In singles we have the following nine players in the main: