American tennis a tale of two sexes

Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her stomach before retiring from her women's doubles tennis match...

Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her stomach before retiring from her women's doubles tennis match with Venus Williams. REUTERS/Toby Melville

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

MONTREAL - The state of American tennis, particularly on the men's side, has caused plenty of hand-wringing south of the border.

Only two Americans in the top 50, and six in the top 100, with John Isner the only one making any real waves.

No American man has won a Grand Slam since 2003.

Don't think Serena Williams hasn't been paying attention.

"It's kind of hard," she told reporters prior to her Rogers Cup semifinal. "You have to pour a lot of money into players. It's very difficult on the men because there's so many other American sports that men want to do, that you can be so successful in."

Not so on the women's side, where tennis and golf are about the only places female athletes can become multimillionaires.

While the United States Tennis Association tries to find ways to lure boys off the gridirons and basketball courts and onto tennis courts, their country accounts for eight of the top 50 women on tour – more than any other nation.


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