Les courts en terre battue à l'Open français ne doivent pas être considérés comme un Waterloo pour les joueurs américains. Même si un homme américain n'a pas gagné le tournoi depuis 1999, et seulement deux femmes ont remporté le titre de ce millénaire, la culture actuelle des professionnels américains ont montré à différents points qu'ils sont à l'aise sur l'étoffe douce.
Here’s a look at five Americans who could make some noise at Roland Garros.
The U.S. Ne Pas. 1 has become the standard-bearer among his countrymen in 2017, winning two titles already this year.
Possessing one of the heaviest forehands and serves in men’s tennis, Sock’s game translates well on all surfaces. In fact, the first title of his career came at the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston.
The momentum from that initial title-winning run carried over to the French Open that year, as he reached the round of 16 with wins over Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Carreno Busta and Borna Coric along the way, marking the first time he reached the second week at a Slam.
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Harrison, in the midst of the best season of his career, is taking no shortcuts on the path to establishing himself as a threat on any surface.
As soon as the hard-court stretch ended—and after taking time to get married—Harrison hit the clay in Europe, bypassing the U.S. Clay Court Championships.
There were some initial setbacks, but Harrison managed to win a match in three straight tournaments before losing to Janko Tipsarevic in Geneva.
He also teamed up with Michael Venus to capture his first clay-court doubles title in that span, winning the Estoril Open—on his birthday, no less.