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John Isner

Global growth affects US men's tennis success

Type "American men's tennis is" into Google and only one auto-fill option pops up. "Why is American men's tennis so bad?" So direct, Google. American men have ranked No. 1 in ATP world rankings for 1,166 weeks the most of any country. Those came largely in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, though, when few countries played tennis at a high level. John Isner currently sits the highest among Americans at No. 18. The future appears bright. America boasts four of the world's top-10 junior boys, including Nos. 1, 3 and 4. But men's tennis is now a global game, and the rest of the world has caught up. "(Look) at U.S. automakers in 1950 versus...