The Decline Of American Tennis

Sep 14 2011 @ 9:20am

Reeves Wiedeman describes American tennis fandom in the twenty-first century as a "downward-trending proposition, much like the experience, from some perspectives, of being an American." Taking a technical approach, Steven Hahn and Declan Hahn blame the power-game ethos of the hard court (as opposed to clay courts):

In the United States…the emphasis is on power. Coaches tend to stress hitting hard on serves and ground strokes and pasting the lines. The idea is to get the point over quickly. Hit deep, hit a good angle, hit down the line, get a short ball, boom. … On clay the orientation is very different. Coaches stress technique and fundamentals, beginning with legs and footwork.

Along the same lines, Brian Phillips wishes American tennis players weren't so boring.