posted on Jul, 3 2006 @ 07:17 PM
I think that tennis has lost its appeal here in the USA. For a while, it had some big time players, but in the last 5-10 years, the talent has begun
to fade. Pete Sampras retired, and Agassi is headed out soon. Jim Courier was dominant briefly, then disappeared. Andy Roddick reached his peak in
2003, and has gone downhill since. I have seen him get spanked fiercely by Roger Federer several times. There are some men on the horizon, though,
most notably James Blake, who is poised to take over the top American spot from Roddick.
On the women's side, there is a dreadful scarcity of American talent. Venus Williams seems to be the last healthy player out there, but her game is
just a shel of what it was five years ago. Her sister, Serena, is overweight, out of shape, and far too concerned with her off-the-court business
ventures. I don't see either one of them ever being truly competitive again. Actually, I can't see Serena doing much of anything in tennis anymore.
She may go the way of Anna Kournikova, who just dropped what got her to where she is today in favor of what tennis opened up for her (modeling for
Kournikova, acting and marketing for Serena). The last American talent, Lindsay Davenport, is still quite competitive when she is healthy.
Unfortunately, that is not too often nowadays; she has missed the French Open and Wimbledon. We'll see what she does at the U.S. Open.
I am a huge tennis fan, and I just see the other players of the world as being head and shoulders above the U.S. players. Roger Federer and Rafael
Nadal are the big two in men's tennis, while Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, and Maria Sharapova are clearly ahead of the rest
of the women.
[Edited on 7/9/06 by BirdstheBest]