Baseline Buzz: State of U.S. women

American tennis gets a bad rap, but there's reason for optimism at Wimbledon

Updated: June 25, 2014, 5:57 PM ET
By Greg Garber and Melissa Isaacson | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Much has been made of the sorry state of American tennis. Maybe the United States Tennis Association ought to go the throwback route and bring back the grass courts at Forest Hills.

For all the yelping about the United States' woes at the elite level, there is evidence on these lush lawns of the All England Club that things might not be all that bad.

Of the 21 Americans in the main draws, no fewer than a dozen advanced to the second round. Four of eight men -- John ...

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