Jim Courier has dismissed the notion that American tennis is lagging behind the rest – because the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic has made it impossible to judge.
US players used to dominate the male game, with Courier among an incredible generation of players that also includes Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Andy Roddick.
No American man has won a major title since those days, though, but Courier says that’s not a fair criticism given that the same can be said of most countries during the Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal era.
“Sure, it has been difficult for American men to win majors but it has been difficult for anyone outside of the top four or five players to win in the last 15 years,” Courier told Reuters.
“It has been more of a question of era in many ways as opposed to a singular American problem.
“I think there is going to be a lot of open road for our players in the next five years or so when these incredible legends eventually leave the game.
“I think we’ll get a little more of a return to normalcy where players are going to win six or seven majors but not 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 — where they are just hoarding all of them.”
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