After Isner’s Loss America May Have No Players In ATP Top 20 Next Week

by Tom Gainey | March 10th, 2013, 8:41 pm

John Isner’s loss may set up another dubious record for American tennis. Unless Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish go deep at the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells, for the first time in the history of the ATP Rankings the U.S. will not have a man in the Top 20 next week.

The 15th-ranked Isner, who lost to Lleyton Hewitt yesterday, will drop into the low 20s once his 2012 runner-up points roll off. And right now it’s only No. 23 Sam Querrey and No. 32 Mardy Fish that are left with a chance to keep the U.S. inside the Top 20.

“American tennis has been amazing for so many years, and it will be in the future, as well,” said Roger Federer after his win yesterday over Denis Istomin. “So doesn’t matter the rankings, always, but obviously with Andy Roddick retiring and John not being so well and Mardy having the issues, obviously rankings don’t tell the truth at the moment.”

Youngester Ryan Harrison is among a handful of new Amercians hoping to get his ranking up there to contend.

“If you look at the circumstances in which why we don’t have Americans in the top 20, it’s not from a lack of talent,” said Ryan Harrison last night. “It’s definitely just an execution thing. I think there is five, six, seven guys that have the ability that can get there, and I hope I consider myself one of them.”

In 1993 the U.S. finished that year with five men in the Top 20. Last season the U.S. finished with just one. And pro tennis in American has been in a state of decline with the recent losses of the Los Angeles and San Jose events.

Two and a half years ago Roddick fell out of the Top 10. Now the bar may go lower still.

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7 Comments for After Isner’s Loss America May Have No Players In ATP Top 20 Next Week

Truthsquad Says:

Nah… It’s the talent…none of the younger Americans have that special something…it’s a lost generation…

jane Says:

” for the first time in the history of the ATP Rankings” – Wow. That’s a unique situation then.

Michael Says:

What is happening to Isner ? He has just lost the way. Nowadays I do not see him crossing the 1st round or 2nd round of any tournament. He is totally out of sorts and I advise him to take a break, tone up his game and then return. USA once was considered as the home of Tennis and hosted so many top players like Sampras, Connors, Mcenroe, Roddick et al and today there is a big vacuum and so is Sweden. I am not sure what is lacking there ? Is it paucity of talent or infrastructure bottle necks ? I cannot say !

Steve 27 Says:

If Isner is the best american male tennis player nowadays, the USTA have a huge problem.
Connors, Mc Enroe, Sampras, Agassi, even Roddick with his obvious limitations were part of the history of tennis in the Open Era. But with Isner, Querrey, Young, Sock, Harrison, the sucess is impossible and kids are gonna choose another sport to watch and practice. The best norteamerican male tennis player today is Canadian!. Yes, Canadian. And is not Innocent Day.

Brando Says:

Not a surprise at all really. The USA is producing next to nothing in terms of major talent atm. Considering the amount of money and available resources they have to address this, IMHO, it’s pretty pathetic that this is their reality on the mens side today. Such a big country with a genuine tennis culture, history and no one of note coming through the ranks. WTF?

Alita Says:

As an Aussie, It’s good to see Hewitt winning anything.

Fleischer Says:

Roger Federer says:

“obviously rankings don’t tell the truth at the moment.”

I think he made this statement considering his ranking also…LOL

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