French Open: Americans Try to Break Roland Garros Curse
When the French Open kicks off hostilities on May 23, the American entries will have a common underlying mission–to end an eight-year singles title drought for U.S. players on the famed courts of Roland Garros in Paris.
The last time an American player won a singles French Open title was in 2002, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the women’s final. The drought is even longer on the men’s side, with the last male American singles winner being the now retired Andre Agassi, who won the title in 1999. Agassi also holds the distinction of being the last American to reach as far as the quarterfinals since 2003.
This year, the Williams sisters appear to be back in their best form. Serena is the top seed followed by big sister Venus. However, neither of the Williams sisters has won a clay court title this year, with Serena losing to Jelena Jankovic in Rome before bowing to Nadia Petrova in Madrid.
On the men’s side, the burden of lifting the American flag falls largely on Andy Roddick, the sixth seed in Paris. Roddick had his best showing on the clay courts of Roland Garros last year, when he reached the fourth round for the first time. The other top Americans are Sam Querrey and John Isner. However, the Americans are definite underdogs to favorites like top seed and defending champion Roger Federer and second ranked Rafael Nadal, who won the men’s crown from 2005 to 2008.
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