We all know how a lot of American guys fell in the first round at the French Open, right? Well, there was a story online yesterday that really got under my skin, particularly a couple of quotes in said piece:
"For the Americans, a lot of times, this isn't our main goal of the year. Ours is generally Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. I think if we were to try to prepare completely for the French Open, we would be giving away some of our advantage at the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That's where we excel. We'd rather, I think, prepare best for what our strengths are." — James Blake
"We're trying as hard as we can. Once these two weeks are over, the clay talk is over, and we'll be looking to my most fun part of the year: Wimbledon, grass courts. That's where we play our best." — Mardy Fish
Really? "Our strengths"? "That's where we play our best"? Not even getting to the fourth round at Wimbledon and only three quarterfinal runs between the two of them at the U.S. Open? Ummm, that's not really excelling. The only U.S. players that can make those statements are Andy Roddick and Bob and Mike Bryan—and no one else.
The decent clay-court runs this season by Blake and Fish this year that I recently noted are absolutely negated by those first-round flameouts. And I think shaking off this loss with those choice of words indicates a total lack of awareness about where they really stand in the game. But the bad thing is they could do better. You just have to wonder where there heads are at when they can't get up for a Slam, even with it being on their worst surface.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.