How come no one is talking about this little exhibition taking place next week?
Rueil-Malmaison: (May 19-21)
Captain: Andy Murray
IN Mikhail Youzhny
Team Mary Cohr:
Captain: David Ferrer
Tennishead "Moose" posted the following article on TalkAboutTennis.com regarding the USTA building four clay courts at the BJK Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.
Statistics show that a foundation on clay can help the top pros. Of the 103 men who have reached the top 10 since the ATP rankings were created, 91 of them grew up on clay, according to playtheclay.com.
The last American to win the French Open was Serena Williams in 2002, one year after countrywoman Jennifer Capriati accomplished the feat. Since then, Americans have claimed 16 Grand Slam titles at other events.
Chris Evert, who won a record seven French Open singles titles in 1974-1986, said her background on clay kept her healthy in a sport in which injuries are common.
On May 9, American Sam Querrey beat countryman John Isner in three sets to claim the Serbia Open, marking the first all- American clay-court final in Europe since the 1991 French Open, when Jim Courier topped Andre Agassi.
U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe gave Querrey a sliding lesson at a March practice in Serbia, Smith said. It’s an example of how much there is for Americans to learn about the surface.
“Sam’s 20th in the world and he was sliding after he hit the ball instead of into the ball,” Smith said.
The entire article can be found HERE
Too bad this is happening after the disastrous push lead by the United States tennis establishment to try and downgrade the clay court season. There was tremendous push back from the European and South American players led by the Duopoly and the Monte Carlo tournament was saved. Despite it's not being mandatory anymore it is still a major stop for the top players during the European clay court swing. It was this push that led to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic assuming major roles on the Players Council.