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French misconnection for U.S. tennis players

Updated: May 28, 2013, 12:03 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | ESPN.com

Being an American in Paris isn't easy if you're a tennis player. Even the courts are foreign, covered with a red powdery dust that's slippery underfoot and gives the ball a vicious bite as it springs off the ground.

For those raised on hard courts, it's an acquired taste. Not an easily acquired one, either. Early American exits at the French Open have become something of an annual tradition, particularly on the men's side -- Andy Roddick had to endure and explain this for years, ...

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