Following American Pro Tennis

Following American Pro Tennis

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good week for American tennis

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

Not a joke: American tennis sinks deeper

I came to the realization today, of course on April 1st, that the #2 ranked American IN THE WORLD in men's tennis has three career ATP tour wins. Not titles, TOTAL WINS. And he only has a single one this year through the first three months of the season. Unfortunately, that is not a joke. That person is Bradley Klahn.

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: