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.

Updated: May 25, 2007, 11:03 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

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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