No American men in second week of French Open after Tiafoe and Fritz lose

The elimination of Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe from the 2023 French Open left the USA without representatives in the round of 16 for the second consecutive year.

The United States has been a major power in the history of tennis, but the current representatives of the country have not achieved success in the second Grand Slam of the year. With eight players in the top 50 (three of them in the top 20), the failure of the Americans at the French Open repeated itself for the second consecutive year.

Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz were the last to exit the tournament after being eliminated by Francisco Cerundolo and Alexander Zverev, respectively. Both Tiafoe and Fritz started their matches by winning the first set, but they couldn't maintain their lead and were defeated in the next three sets by their opponents.

In the last 30 years, only Andre Agassi has lifted the trophy (1999), with finals also reached by Jim Courier (1993) and Michael Chang (1995). Furthermore, no American has reached the quarterfinals of the tournament since Agassi did so in 2003.

Although American tennis players are not usually clay court specialists, the women have had better results. In the same period of the last 30 years, Jennifer Capriati (2001) and Serena Williams (2002, 2013, and 2015) have won the trophy, in addition to several finalists such as Mary Joe Fernandez, Monica Seles, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin, and Coco Gauff in the 2022 edition.

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