|Andy Roddick, has fallen to number 11 in ATP Ranking|
It's a sobering milestone for U.S. tennis, but one that's been a long time coming. Roddick has been the sole standard bearer of American men for the past few years. James Blake had a decent run in the top 10, but it's basically been Roddick holding down the fort for the U.S. since Andre Agassi retired. With his recent slump, there was nobody else around to pick up the slack. Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish and John Isner are playing fine tennis, but unless any of them make a deep run in a Grand Slam, it won't be good enough for top 10.
Though the computerized rankings were born in 1973, tennis players have been ranked since 1885, first by committee and then, in 1913, by journalists. Since 1913, there hasn't been a single year-end top 10 that hadn't included an American. If Roddick continues his slide, 2010's rankings might be the first.
American tennis isn't any worse today than it was yesterday simply because Andy Roddick lost some arbitrary rankings points. It's been slipping for a while. This was just another sign.