Remember when the U.S. dominated in tennis?
Once upon a time, the United States dominated tennis. Sometimes, even on clay. However, those days are long gone, writes Greg Garber.
Nick Bollettieri founded his tennis academy in 1978, and eight years later he forged the foundation of a clay dynasty:
It's 1986 in Bradenton, Fla., and 180 kids, from ages 11 to 18, are out there banging balls all day long. Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier and Mary Pierce, who will all one day win the greatest clay-court tournament in the world, the French Open, spend a lot of their time mucking around on the dirt.
"It's dirt-ball, baby, dirt-ball, baby," Bollettieri ...
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2007 FRENCH OPEN
May 27-June 10
Women: Justine Henin
Men: Rafael Nadal
• Henin wins third straight title
• DeSimone: Henin's personal journey
• Garber: Third set hard to come by in final
• Top 10 facts about Henin
• Federer-Nadal daily watch
• Making the case for Rafa, Roger
• It's Federer vs. Nadal in French Open final
• Garber: Another record for Roger
• DeSimone: Rafa rolling toward third final
• DeSimone: Ivanovic coach-free for final
• Who will win women's final?