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  1. Ophelia
    Ophelia February 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm |

    From what I’ve seen, the vast majority of tennis articles on Quisner are implorations for them to stop being so disappointing and do a better job of representing American tennis. They have some valid points — Isner needs to improve his dismal 5-setter record, for one — but it does seem to be overlooked that while Isner and Querrey are not going to be Slam contenders any time soon, they’re still nice, upstanding guys who genuinely enjoy their sport and aren’t exactly failures with them being consistent top-20 fixtures.

    1. Ophelia
      Ophelia February 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm |

      Of course, right after I post that comment, Isner goes and tweets *that*. Sigh. Still, the latter half of my point stands.

  2. Kristy
    Kristy February 13, 2013 at 7:48 am |

    Wait, what did Isner tweet? Lindsay, this is a terrific writeup of American men’s tennis right now. You wrote a piece a while back where you promised to make indifferent readers care about Sam Querrey, and you did, for me (to my shock). And now you’ve pointed out important factors that make Quisner worth cheering for. Thank you and yay! Let’s go, lanky, laid-back towers-of-power.

  3. Deborah Taylor
    Deborah Taylor February 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm |

    I really enjoyed this and believe me, I am one of those US tennis fans put off by their personas.At least they don’t have the sense of entitlement that seems to ooze from Ryan Harrison. Well, I guess the Djoker had that same thing when he was younger and it worked out. We’ll just have to wait and see.I once saw Brendan Evans at a outside court at the US Open doing his best Andy Roddick imitation against Denis Istomin. He lost. Keep up the great writing.

  4. Karen
    Karen February 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm |

    In as much as the ATP events are moving to other places, the fact that the women’s events are still around says a lot about where the future of American tennis lies. The men’s game has become tougher and more competitive. The way that American men play tennis has not changed since the days of Sampras. American men are still playing the 70s and 80s brand of tennis. Racquet technology and slower courts have made the American style of tennis obsolete in the men’s game. The women on the other hand have made the necessary adjustments. They have gotten stronger and they are able to play on all surfaces.

    I think what has really led to the demise of American men’s tennis is that there are no personalities that American fans can get behind. The most popular players are all from Europe. God forbid one day the ATP should split. American tennis would then die a slow and natural death, despite the efforts of Larry Ellison and company

  5. zina
    zina March 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

    Good report keep it up … what happen to grass root…

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