De grusbanor i Franska öppna bör inte betraktas som en Waterloo för amerikanska spelare. Även om en amerikansk man inte har vunnit turneringen sedan 1999, och endast två kvinnor har fångat titeln detta årtusende, den aktuella grödan av amerikanska proffs har visat på olika punkter som de är bekväma på den mjuka saker.
Here’s a look at five Americans who could make some noise at Roland Garros.
The U.S. LÅT BLI. 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.