Thursday, February 10, 2011

I never thought I'd write anything about Tim Smyczek

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!

(Photo: ATP website, Ron Angle)