Who is the third best tennis player in America? The answer is: Bradley Klahn. Who? That was what I wanted to know.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about him:
Bradley Klahn (born August 20, 1990) is an American tennis player from Poway, California. Klahn played collegiate tennis at Stanford University where he won the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships as a sophomore. His next year as a junior, he was a finalist in the NCAA Doubles Championship. He played at the 2010 US Open, taking a set from 20th seed Sam Querrey before being defeated in four sets. Klahn received a wild card into the 2011 SAP Open. He is coached by Lee Merry.
What this surprise says is not that you and I don’t know our tennis, nor that 23 year old Bradley had a meteoric rise; but it speaks to the poor state of America’s mens tennis. Look at the four names our country has in the Top 100 (with a population of 317 million people).
• France, with a population of 65 million, has 12 in the Top 100.
• Spain, with a population of 46 million, has 14 (!) in the Top 100.
• Switzerland, with a population of 8 million, has two in the Top 10 (!)
The American women have many more good, young prospects; but on the men’s side, it is pitiful.
And, why is that?
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