Or, maybe it's just the food. Still, the American men struggle on the slow red clay of Roland Garros. This year they couldn't even get one of nine players to round 2.
[8 seed James Blake swears,] "I promise we won't have all eight guys losing the first round at Wimbledon."
That's a relief.
Andre Agassi was the last American man to win the French Open singles title in 1999, one of 11 triumphs for the United States in the history of the event.
Despite the gloom, Blake insists that his countrymen will continue to keep playing the French Open and resist the temptation to give the European clay court season a miss.
It does take something different to play well on clay than on the harder faster courts. Serve and volley doesn't really work all that well, and footwork is very different. You've got to have speed, penetrating ground strokes and a different way of thinking the game strategically. Even stars like Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Agassi often had their difficulties. Unlike Richard Blaine American men will "always have Paris." Ever, it would seem.