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Bshredder
Post #1
Monday January 21, 2013 4:53am

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While the United States is improving in soccer and in other sports like ice hockey, the decline of American tennis is depressing.

It's also worth trying to find out why. The best facilities are still here. The best coaches still live here as many top foreign players train in the United States.

As a former player, it's sad to watch.

Where did it all go wrong?

logicpwn
Post #2
Monday January 21, 2013 6:00am

Joined Dec 2012
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Well I am not a tennis fan but I think its the lack of interest from the youth. Possibly less American kids are playing tennis or continue playing it beyond youth.

Sports such as football, soccer, baseball, and basketball are more interesting to kids then tennis.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Monday January 21, 2013 4:50pm

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Less interest in a sport equals less talent. As soccer continues to be a more viable sport in this country it will continue to drain talent from other sports like Tennis and Hockey.

The same can be said about Boxing and mens Olympic Sprinters in this country.

But there are few young talented Men tennis players that are coming through. It's just going to take a few years for those guys to mature.

All sports have ebbs and flows in talent, and tennis is no different. I imagine Mens tennis will come back again. Womens tennis is just fine.

CBoyd3142
Probably far from where you are...
Post #4
Monday January 21, 2013 4:57pm

Joined Aug 2012
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Could it also be said that it's a money issue? Don't most kids that prosper into the sport get pro-coached attention from top clubs? I guess the same could be said for golf - we could play pick-up basketball, soccer, even baseball easily but those two don't have freer access to facilities. Unless you have a good club membership......and money in the bank.

I agree with the above posts, though. I think it's just a period of decline that will hopefully rebound. Just a matter of getting the right talent in place.
Toffee Fan....for the moment
bbakerxyz
Post #5
Monday January 21, 2013 6:38pm

Joined Oct 2012
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Who gives a crap? Tennis is for my 69 year old mother in law. What are you going to lament the decline of next? Oh no, the south Koreans are taking over women's golf. What are we going to do about this national tragedy. . .

Bshredder
Post #6
Monday January 21, 2013 6:57pm

Joined Aug 2011
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Original post from bbakerxyz

Who gives a crap? Tennis is for my 69 year old mother in law. What are you going to lament the decline of next? Oh no, the south Koreans are taking over women's golf. What are we going to do about this national tragedy. . .


You are an assclown.

Coming from a former junior player, it's a great sport. In fact, you remind me of a typical ignorant soccer bashing American football meathead.

But it's worth following why some sports decline and others grow.

Red
NY
Post #7
Monday January 21, 2013 7:05pm

Joined Jul 2012
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"you are an assclown"

Bshredder is a Jericoholic(Chris Jericho from WWE if you others dont know who I'm talking about. I hope his band Fozzy is doing well on tour.

back to the topic at hand, its sad for US tennis. I like the game myself but hurt myself really bad once while playing. I love the grand slams as well. I'll never forget that Federer v. Roddick matchup in the final of wimbeldon a few years back.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #8
Monday January 21, 2013 8:06pm

Joined Sep 2012
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I miss the days of Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras

Watching those two go at it was insane........ Best nike commercial ever when they played in the middle of the street in new york city and the bus came plowing through!

Too bad it's not the same anymore...... kinda like heavyweight boxing

I watched some of the australian open last night only because I was waiting for the mike & mike show to talk about my "49ers" in the Superbowl

Bshredder
Post #9
Monday January 21, 2013 8:15pm

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It's not just Sampras and Agassi. Even lesser known American guys of that era like Todd Martin and Malavi Washington made the finals of majors. Roddick was the last American man to win a major and that was over a decade ago.

Before that ther was Jim Courier and Michael Chang. Before them it was Johnny Mac and Jimmy Connors.

Hopefully it comes back but there doesn't seem to be much on the horizon. John Isner and Marty Fish aren't going to win anything.

stone88
Post #10
Monday January 21, 2013 8:52pm

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All it takes is another great American Tennis star to rise and everyone will be back into the game again. There are plenty of american kids out there playing tennis and getting good instruction for it to happen. I put golf and tennis kinda in the same category; just look at golf, tiger took the game of golf to the heights never before seen in the states. And now that he has seemingly started to decline in dominance the PGA is nervous as hell because they aren't getting the ratings they once had when tiger was sinking puts 30 yards away! Rory is great and all, but he ain't american; and america is where the money's at.

In regards to soccer, It is my belief that if the US ever produces a player on the level of Ronaldo or Messi, you'll see a rise in popularity in which the sport has never seen before. The only problem is creating a soccer superstar is a billion times harder than a golf or tennis star or any other sports superstar.

tylercocinas
Post #11
Monday January 21, 2013 9:39pm

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I think this men's generation just wasn't as talented as we might've hoped. I mean it's kind of hard to match what our golden generation did, being that it was dominated by two of the best men ever in Andre and Pete. But we're actually not doing too badly. Mardy is at the tail end of his career, John is surging and will probably have a few opportunities to make runs in majors. We also have Sam Querry and Donald Young who haven't quite lived up to the hype. Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock are both young guys who will be around the top 25 for the majority of their careers once they mature. All in all I think we'll be fine.

navi8132
Post #12
Monday January 21, 2013 11:52pm

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lmao "assclown." Is that Chris Jericho? I stopped watching WWF (*WWE) in '02.

MSantoine
Post #13
Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:14am

Joined Nov 2012
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I think this is more a case of other countries catching up instead of us declining. Since tennis is a cheap sport(sneakers and a racket are all you need) you can have players from generally non-athletic poor countries. Instead of competing against Scandinavians and Brits for hard courts and grass( we will never produce a great clay court player) we compete with Swiss and Eastern Europe and Cyprus and even the former soviet countries are starting to produce top 25 level guys

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #14
Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:23am

Joined Sep 2012
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Original post from navi8132

lmao "assclown." Is that Chris Jericho? I stopped watching WWF (*WWE) in '02.


I dressed up as buff bagwell aka "buff daddy" for halloween in 2002. Nobody knew who i was..... I had the top hat and overalls and I even mastered his dance.

Still to this day I will give an NWO shout out " Wolf Pack in the house "

Red
NY
Post #15
Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:46am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 417
to the guys talking wrestling here. Raw has been great the past few weeks, its going to be a great build up to WM in Met Life Stadium.

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