The first major tennis tournament of 2011 is underway, The Australian Open. At left is player Alicia Molik and 1989 and 1990 Australian Open Champion, Ivan Lendl, who assisted a few days ago with the tournament draw.
We've bemoaned for a few years now the disastrous state of American men's tennis, and this year's Aussie Open is no exception to that sad state. Only eight American men are in this year's championship, and three of them have already exited in the first round, including the 18th Seed, Sam Querrey, and next generation hopefuls, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison. Perennial disappointments Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and John Isner are the best American hopes for a win left in the championship, and frankly, depending on one of those three for a major win is like hoping for Sarah Palin to win a Nobel Prize. It just ain't gonna happen.
But despite the fact that American tennis is pathetic, and doesn't look like it's going to get any better anytime soon, we still have one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time to look forward to next week, a hopeful match-up between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. And then, there's always the easy-on-the-eyes 31st Seed and part-time model, Feliciano Lopez, who's still in the tournament.