Success fleeting for many at French

The American contingent has fallen behind the eight ball at the French Open this decade, and it's only snowballed. Snapping this lengthy drought is going to take a mammoth effort and, likely, a fortuitous set of circumstances.

Updated: May 28, 2008, 9:52 AM ET
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

When it comes to the French Open, the American men have not fared very well in the 21st century.

To be blunt, doing the clay-court slide just doesn't come naturally, at least not for the Yanks of note in the game today.

Andy Roddick, whose best result at Roland Garros came on his first visit to the Grand Slam, when he reached the third round in 2001, will sit out this year's French with a bum right shoulder. James Blake, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Sam Querrey, John Isner ...

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