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It’s been almost 20 years since a male AmericanTennis player won a major (Andy Roddick the U.S. Open in 2003) — an unthinkable gap for those who witnessed theSampras-Agassi glory Days of the ’90s, to say nothing of theMany U.S. champions were before them. Fans long for AmericanTalented people have enjoyed many savours. the women’s game over theSerena Williams has been the first and most prominent tennis player for over 20 years. But there’s more. the men’s side, they’ve often had to settle for watching big-serving John Isner reach theQuarterfinals, before losing in four 7’s6 sets.
That’s changing — and quickly. TheTwo of the most well-known young celebrities American men’s tennis players, Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz, lost in the third round of this year’s Australian Open. (Possible lesson for Fritz: Don’t participate in a Netflix docuseries.) But theSixteen AmericanMen are still in theField speaks for theThere is a wealth of talent in the area. theU.S. thethe past few years. There are currently 13 Americans living in America. theIsner is the only person who has made it to the top 100.
TheA new era of domestic growth coincides with an increase in domestic demand the men’s game. After many years of almost complete dominance by three players — and many years of predictions that that was about to change — the men’s game finally seems to be cracking open. Roger Federer retired, Rafael Nadal looks more vulnerable than he has in about 17 years, and Novak Djokovic … okay, he’s still pretty damn good. Djokovic is still theAustralia’s heavy favorite, although a hamstring injury might make him unbeatable. With World No. With World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz hurt and a series major upsets over, theFirst few days theRest of the draw is anyone’s to claim, and Americans are taking advantage.
Who are you? theSix American men left in theHunt at the Australian Open? Before the third round wraps up Saturday, here’s a brief guide:
Probably theMost promising of theCrop of American men left in Melbourne — and maybe the most promising young American man period — Korda, 22, dismantled the No. No. 7 seed and 2022 finalist Daniil Mevedev in straight sets Friday theFourth round, or round 16. (He is theOnly AmericanTo have done so, however, a pair of all.AmericanMatchups theOther side of theThere are at least two more who will be joining him.
Currently the No. 31 players in theKorda created it for the entire world theFourth round the French OpenHe will be playing at Wimbledon in 2021, and in 2021. He appeared poised for a breakthrough tournament when he arrived: At an Adelaide warm-up, he made it all the way to Wimbledon in 2021. theFinals, and had a match point with Djokovic. He couldn’t convert against the unflappable Serb — who praised his game before and after the matchup — but Korda’s win against Medvedev might be theHe will need the confidence boost to get a deep Melbourne run. And he’s got some pedigree in that department; his father is Petr Korda, theCzech scissors-kicking Czech who won the Australian Open1998
TheAfter winning, a 20-year-old became a pro less than a full year ago. the men’s singles college championships playing for theUniversity of Florida. (Shelton has tennis in Florida, just like Korda. theBlood: His father was a top-100 player in Florida and he was his coach at Florida. the ’90s.) AmericanCollege winners don’t have a lot of success. theShelton is a possible exception. He won three ATP Challenger titles last year, defeated Casper Ruud in an ATP final and reached No. 81 theWorld, enough to qualify the Australian Open. A measure of Shelton’s newness on the scene: He’d never been out of theCountry before the last week.
In the first round, he knocked out another promising talent, China’s Zhizhen Zhang, in five sets. And thanks to Fritz’s loss, he has a very winnable third-round match against Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin.
(*6*)TheA 25-year old happy-go lucky woman was one of theMost highly regarded juniors theMid-2010s: Winning the 2015 boys’ French Open title (over Taylor Fritz). A series of injuries ravaged his professional career for many years. Paul is now a coach, and he has made a significant improvement since he hired him a new coach in 2019. He has helped him to focus on his fitness and fulfilled some of his early promises. Paul defeated Nadal, Alcaraz, and reached the finals last year. theRound of 16 at Wimbledon He is currently No. He is now No. the world. As Caira Conner wrote for New York last fall, Paul’s speed and heavy baseline game are his calling cards. He’ll need both to be in working order to prevail in his third-round match against another American …
Brooksby is 20 years old. theRarely does a top-ranked player have his own style of tennis. His underpowered serve looks like something you’d see at your local tennis club; he lacks any dominant ground stroke. Yet Brooksby consistently bedevils opponents by getting almost every ball back and being willing to hit any shot (drop shot, weird slice backhand) at any time — the classic annoying-but-also-formidable tennis adversary.
Brooksby was awarded the prestigious Brooksby Award theThe USTA’s under-18 championship was held in 2018, and has continued to climb. theRankings of theThe pros of reaching theFourth round the U.S. OpenAnd a No. 39 ranking in the world. He reached the 39th place in the world. theHe won the No. U.S. Open finalist Ruud. He showed some mental toughness after losing the chance to beat theNorwegian in straight sets, returning strong and concluding him in the fourth.
TheThe man who was once best known for his mullet is now enjoying a remarkable 12 months. Wolf, 22, was a highly-ranked college player at Ohio State. the third round at 2020’s COVID-curtailed U.S. OpenIn 2021, he had his hernia operation that left him permanently disabled for the rest of his life. the year. However, he was back with some impressive results last season, including wins against Denis Shapovalov (top player) and wins against Holger Rune (top player). theThird round of the U.S. OpenThis included a surprise victory for Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain. Although he hasn’t been at thetop the prospect list, Wolf has a huge serve and an intimidating forehand — enough weapons to make a name for himself. Wolf will be facing another fellow AmericanIn the third round …
WhoMmoh? Even the most avid tennis fans are asking these questions. theSimilar question this week. Mmoh, 25, isn’t that obscure — he won theUSTA under-18 title in 2016. Has played in multiple majors. the second round in Australia twice before — but he is currently ranked No. 107 the world, holds a career pro record of 14-27, and was not on many people’s radar. Mmoh didn’t even qualify for this year’s edition but made theAs a cut “lucky loser”When Belgian David Goffin withdrew. After defeating World No. 13 Alexander Zverev in theSecond round, which was far theMmoh’s biggest win in his career. He has been as successful as any loser. If he defeats Wolf on Saturday, he’ll break the record. That would be appropriate because, at this year’s Australian OpenIt’s almost as if nothing is happening. the table.
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