Poll: Who Will be the Next American to Win Their First Grand Slam?
Hello to everyone. I’m a new blogger here. I did post/comment on TennisX and other websites years ago but after time away I’ve returned here now in a greater capacity.
To be upfront I am not a Federer or Nadal fan by any stretch. I prefer the American players Andy Roddick, James Blake, John Isner, Sam Q and rest of RWB (red, white & blue). But I do respect the games of Roger and Rafael.
Whom do I hate? If I’m here long enough you’ll find out.
I’ll mostly be writing quick notes, side items and gossipy tidbits circulating in and around the tennis world. I also like to ask questions, lots of questions. With that, I’ll use my very first official post to ask this poll question to you readers (thanks Luke for setting this up!):
Who will be the next American to win their first Grand Slam?
I’m not looking for Andy Roddick or Serena Williams to be clear. I’m asking who among the next generation of American players will take home a Grand Slam title.
There are many in the junior and senior ranks who could make (and have made) a profound impact on the pro game, but I’ve narrowed the list prospective Slam winners to John Isner, Sam Querrey, Donald Young, Melanie Oudin, Alexa Glatch, Madison Keys, Ryan Harrison, Alex Domijan, Lauren Davis, CoCo Vandeweghe, Christina McHale and Jack Sock.
Living in Florida and having worked in tennis as a teaching pro I’ve traveled to a few USTA tournaments and seen some of these players up close. Among the men, Isner and Querrey are already entrenched into the ranks and they have the best chance however I don’t think they will ever achieve Grand Slam singles glory. Harrison is quite a talented kid but the men’s game is going to be too deep the next five to eight years for him be a strong Slam threat.
My feeling is that if there is a new American champion it’s coming from the women and my vote is cast for Madison Keys. If you don’t know her already, Madison’s from Illinois but trains in Boca Raton, Florida. She’s just 14 and she already can hit the ball like a brick. And her serve is the best I’ve seen for a girl her age.
But we are still a very long way away and she’s only 14! I’m just hopeful someone emerges to follow Roddick and the Williams sisters.
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