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Tennis is considered the beautiful game around the world. It is a sport that not only requires athleticism and fitness, but also mental toughness to succeed. In addition, strategy is a big part of the sport. All the players at the top are fit and very capable, but not everyone is perfect in developing and executing strategies to beat other top tennis players in the world.
Tennis has a great tradition in the United States. The U.S. has won the legendary Davis Cup more than any country in the world. In addition, the United States is the home of Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras and many other champions in the recent years. But tennis does not get enough attention in the United States these days. Davis Cup gets minimal coverage on TV, and the coverage of major tournaments such as the Masters Series has been significantly less than previous years. So why is it that a tennis rich country such as the U.S. does not pay enough attention to the “beautiful game.”
Tennis fans in the U.S. have been spoiled by the wealth of titles won by U.S. players in the past decade. The days of Agassi, Sampras, Courier, and Chang are extraordinary, and it would be unreasonable to expect the current crop of players to emulate what has been done by the legends of the past. The U.S. fans are patriotic and they tend to pay attention to sports that Americans are dominating. Players from Europe currently dominate tennis, and that is why the media does not cover tennis as well as they should.
The American tennis is used to having stars dominating the sports. And that could be the reason the youth programs have been slightly neglected. Not only the U.S. players are no factor on the red clay, they are also losing their edge on the hard courts. The USTA is currently working hard to develop new talent that can not only challenge on faster courts but also on the red clay. But that will not be happening overnight.
The U.S tennis still has many young up and comers that will challenge for titles in the upcoming years. They may not win a double-digit number of major tournaments, but they will be challenging for top honors. In the meantime, the USTA will have the chance to identify and develop the talent that the U.S. viewers are used to see lifting Grand Slams one after another. Only then, tennis will receive the respect that it deserves in the U.S.
write by wilson