The United States has reached a low point in tennis!

Mardy Fish and John Isner of the United States lost their matches to Argentina in the semifinals of the World Team Cup. Juan Monaco edged Fish 7-6 (4), 7-5 Thursday, while Juan Ignacio Chela defeated John Isner 6-1, 7-6 (1). Fish held opportunities in each set, but Monaco was able to hold off the challenge. Isner never looked comfortable against Chela in the opening set before taking it to a tiebreaker in the second set.

The other finalist will be decided Friday among Germany, Serbia, Russia and Spain.

The United States has reached a low point in tennis. Not merely because the country no longer churns out new champions with regularity, but also because it is not really relevant at the top of the game right now. Earlier this month, for the first time in more than 35 years of computerized rankings, no player from the U.S. appeared in the ATP or WTA top 10. Plus, the last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Roddick, at the 2003 U.S. Open—29 major tournaments ago. If, as expected, that drought continues at the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris, the gap will equal the longest in history for U.S. men—a 30-Slam shutout from 1955-63.

“We’re so used to having champions for the last, oh, century,” said Venus Williams, owner of seven major singles titles. “Right now is something we’re not used to.”




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