Americans in the red at Roland Garros

It's no surprise American men don't fare well at the French Open. Greg Garber explains why advancing to the second week at Roland Garros will be a major feat.

Updated: May 26, 2006, 4:38 PM ET
By Greg Garber | Senior Writer

On a wet, gray day in Bristol, Conn., earlier this month, James Blake's sunny disposition warmed like a fire crackling on the hearth. Back home in his native state, the world's then-No. 7-ranked male tennis player toured the sprawling facilities at ESPN.

Asked what his chances are of reaching the second week at the French Open, which begins on May 28, Blake was optimistic.

"I like my chances," Blake said. "I will be going in with a different attitude because I never believed I had ...

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