22. USTA, we have a problem…

Greater competition globally has been one factor in the decline in US men’s professional tennis. This is compounded by US men playing too much uncompetitive tennis on the ATP second “Challenger” tier of tournaments. The USTA should consider establishing a regional centre in Europe to train and financially support its players to become more competitive.…

Indian Wells briefing: part 3

Rank disaster In the ATP rankings, US tennis has never been in a worse state: this week, there are only 4 players ranked in the top 100. The only other weeks where that happened were for about a month at the start of 2011. On that occasion though there were four players in or around…

Indian Wells briefing: part 2

Before you start reading: a quick note. You’ll notice there is an industrial-sized table of data in the middle of this post. If this post was public policy, its wonk factor would be Beltway. However, I hope the data presentation makes the table sufficiently easy to read to be a welcome and frequently consulted aide…

Indian Wells briefing: part 1

Starting this week near Palm Springs, California, is a Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells. There are nine Masters 1000 events on the ATP calendar and they are second only to the four grand slams in terms of importance and the ranking points that players earn. Indian Wells is followed by a second Masters 1000…