US challenge in men’s section looks good


Big-serving John Isner, hard-hitting Sam Querrey and promising youngster Frances Tiafoe will be among the American men looking to end a near two decades-long championship drought at Roland Garros when they take to the red clay in Paris next week. Andre Agassi in 1999 was the last American man to win the French Open and no other U.S. man has come within touching distance of the Musketeers’ Cup since.
The Americans may have reason to be confident this year with Isner, Querrey and Jack Sock all expected to be seeded in the tournament’s top 20 and 20-year-old Tiafoe showing promising form on clay in recent tournaments.
Wilander’s praise
“Suddenly there are three guys in the top 15 I think, the top three are the same names but a lot of young guys are pushing from behind so I think American’s men’s tennis is healthy,” said former French Open champion Mats Wilander.
“They just haven’t had the one guy who is driven from within. Jack Sock is a wild dark horse, you never know what’s going to happen when he plays. John Isner can win a Grand Slam the way he plays.” Isner, 33, has honed his weapons beyond his powerful serve and used his improved all-court game and maturity to beat Alexander Zverev and win the Miami Open title last month. The biggest obstacle for the towering Isner will be the clay, which takes out some of the sting from his blistering serve. Querrey, like Isner, has developed a broader game other than power and will fancy his chances of an extended stay in Paris. After reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open last year, he achieved a career-high ranking of 11 in February.


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