Bet you didn't think he'd be the subject of my first post in a minute, huh?
Write about him I will, though, not only for the fact that he upset Kei Nishikori at the SAP Open today, but this little tidbit as well:
Unless Robert Kendrick pulls off a huge upset against Gael Monfils in San Jose, the only U.S. male players to advance as far as the quarterfinals at a tournament over the past two weeks will be Smyczek and Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Those two aren't exactly the players you'd count on to carry a nation to prominence.
I know it's an old subject matter, but to me, it's just so shocking that there's no way you can ignore it: U.S. tennis is in trouble, both men and women.
I'm not going to go into it too much, because what more can you say? I try to keep things as nation-neutral as possible here at TTA?, but this is pretty rough.
Anyway, good luck to Tim the rest of the way: Your country depends on you!
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.