For tennis enthusiasts in the U.S. this year’s Wimbledon is already one of the worst and the first week has yet to end. On Day 1 of the tournament this past Monday, 11 American men started in the main draw of the singles competition.
However, after just the first four days of the tournament, not one of the American men remained in the draw.
The last American in the main draw lost late Thursday night, when world ranked no. 156 Bobby Reynolds was defeated by one of the tournament favorites Novak Djokovic.
A new era begin with Reynolds’ defeat, as it was just the first time in 101 years that no American male advanced beyond the second round.
Coincidentally, it was also just the first time since 2000 that Andy Roddick the long time No. 1 American player was not playing at Wimbledon.
Roddick played well nearly every time he played on the tournaments grass courts. In 11 of the 12 years he played at Wimbledon, Roddick reached at least the third round. His big serving and aggressive hitting were well suited for the courts at Wimbledon.
American tennis followers also feel that dumb luck was also involved in the downfall of the Americans. Sam Querrey the No. 1 U.S. player was given a tough draw, facing former quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic in the tournament’s first round.
Querrey quickly dropped the first two sets in that match, battled back to tie the match and then lost it in the deciding fifth set.
Americans also had high hopes for John Isner, but he suffered a freak injury just points into his second round match against Adrian Mannarino
Now it is time for U.S. Men’s Tennis to reconsider its system of developing young talent.