Monday, April 9, 2012

Americans should always embrace playing on clay


That is all.

Just kidding there: Of course, there's more for me to say on the matter!

I've said, though, time and time and time again that American pros should not dread the clay-court season. If there's the perception that they all play aggressively and want to be the ones to force the issue, then there's no better opportunity to do that then on clay.

Take a look at what happened this weekend: Serena Williams blitzed her semifinal and final opponents at the Family Circle Cup, and John Isner led the U.S. to a quarterfinal win over France in the Davis Cup with two singles victories--on the red clay of Monte Carlo, no less!

And when it comes to big hitting, there aren't many players out there that do it bigger than those two.

But they're not the only ones: Venus Williams, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, etc. They should all be playing as many clay-court events as possible. The conditions of the surface and style of play have never been more in their favor.

Now is the time to keep on taking advantage of that.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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