The Tennis Powers

Many years ago, there was an event in Hartford, Connecticut, called The Aetna World Cup. The world’s two top tennis powerhouses, the U.S. and Australia fielded teams to play this annual challenge match. What happened to those days for those countries?

I was scanning the ATP Top 50 rankings for the men and see that the U.S. only has three guys in the top 50 (Roddick, Blake, and Sam Querrey at #48); and the Aussies only have the once-great Lleyton Hewitt.

Who are the world’s new tennis powerhouses with players in the Top 50?

1. Spain (8)

2. France (7)

3. Argentina (5)

4. Russia (4)

The U.S. is tied with three with such monster countries such as Croatia, Germany, and Italy. Sure, the world tennis scene has changed, with many more athletes now playing the sport; but is that all of it?

Has something also changed here and in Australia too?

5 thoughts on “The Tennis Powers

  1. PS Could it have something to do with the huge number of foreign players taking up scholarship spots at US colleges?

  2. It could be that putting in the effort has become just too much for the players who enjoy the good life!

  3. Dick – You could be right! Americans are just not as “hungry” as the Europeans — figuratively and, sometimes, literally. That drive to succeed could be a big difference in who rises to the top. That is the rap on Thomas Berdych, who has great talent, but comes from a wealthy family and is rumored not to be a hard worker.

  4. Could it be related to tennis becoming an Olympic sport? Since that time, a lot of countries that previously had basically no tennis programs have invested heavily in developing talent. In the U.S., tennis boomed in the 70’s and 80’s – since that time our focus has shifted to other sports. Golf seems to be in a ‘boom’ in the U.S. over the past decade – although more of a game than a sport.

  5. That was the best tennis match I ever saw. The air was electric. Remember how we had to go out to get food afer the Civic Center ran out?

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