2014 Roland Garros:  Is US Tennis Resurrection at hand?  – Tola Adenle

May 29, 2014

Sports

The only thing that could be brighter or prettier than this smile would be movement to more rounds on Roland Garros’ red clay the rest of this tournament AND a Grand Slam Victory in the nearest future for Number 205 in the women’s ranking for Taylor Townsend.

 

McCarvel: The True Tipping Point?

wtatennis.com

18-year old Taylor rejoices after her Second Round victory in her first Grand Slam (Wild Card appearance) over 20th ranked home favorite, Alize Cornet in a 3-set nail-biter.

 

 

Sloan Stephens  [ABC News]

 

21-year old Sloane is also on to the Third Round after, perhaps adding red clay tatoo to the tons of tatoos on her Second Round opponent, Polona Hercog.  Sloane is more of an old hand, having reached Grand Slam 1/4s twice and that memorable 1/4s at Roland Garros two years ago and she has reached a semi at a WTA.  With 2012 in mind, could this be Sloane’s biggest breakthrough considering how she has leap-frogged from Number 89 in 2011 to Number 19 today?

 

Donald Young

DONALD YOUNG  [ESPN]

Achieving Number 1 Junior in the world at 16 nine years ago and a Wimbledon Singles Title (Boys) two years later, tennis lovers could hardly wait for the leftie with big shots Donald to claim titles that everybody was sure awaited him.

Well, let’s not talk of the past because at 24 and now when he stands at Number 79 and seems determined to turn things around from ten year pro career with barely over a million dollars to show for all the travelling and expenses that go with the professional tennis life, things seem to be finally looking up.  Right now on the red clay of Roland Garros, Donald is through to the 3rd Round.

Wake up, Donald and put in the necessary work so that American fans and, especially the USTA can be proud of its player development program.

 

File:Alison Riske at Bank of the West Classic qualifying 2010-07-25 6.JPG

World’s Number 43 is 23 year-old Alison Riske, and has been a pro for 5 years.  Last year, she reached the 3rd Round at Wimbledon and the 4th of her Home Grand Slam, the U.S. Open.  This year, she reached the 3rd Round of the Australian and reached the 2nd Round at Roland Garros where  she lost to the home favorite, Mladenovic in 3 sets, no thanks to the loud crowd.

 

Jack Sock

A Prairie young man, Jack Sock would have to play the match of his life and have a lot of luck to get through the 4th Round where he has to meet the “King of  Clay”, Nadal but he must overpower his 3rd Round opponent first  In the 2nd Round, he beat fellow American, Steve Johnson in 3 sets.  A point at a time, Mr. Johnson.  Who knows, it may be Nadal’s off-day!  Oh, I’m jumping the line;  Dusan Lajovic first.

 

In the 2nd Round where she lost is Coco Vandeweghe whose opponent is set to face Sloane Stephens.  The Number 23 Russian, Makarova, cannot expect any gimme from the American on whose shoulders rest the hope of millions.

 

The [Tennis] World awaits!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014.  8:25 p.m. [GMT]

 

 

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