Tennis - American men hit new low in home Grand Slam

AFPAugust 28, 2014
Tennis - American men hit new low in home Grand Slam
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Steve Johnson of the United States looks on against Tatsuma Ito of Japan on Day Three of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- US men produced an historic low in their home Grand Slam Wednesday.

The first-round exits of Steve Johnson and Ryan Harrison on Wednesday meant just three American men reached the second round, the fewest in US Open history.

John Isner, the 13th-seeded US number one, Sam Querrey and wildcard Tim Smyczek all booked their second-round berths on Tuesday.

As the men's first round wrapped up, sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych brought Lleyton Hewitt's 62nd Grand Slam appearance to a quick end, downing the former world number one, and 2001 champion, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov finally ended his US Open jinx. After coming up empty in three straight appearances, he defeated US wildcard Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.


AFP