Fendrich on Tennis US showing in Australia just a bad day.
All it took was one bad day at the Australian Open to unravel all those good feelings about American tennis generated by so much success at the U.S. Open only a handful of months ago.
Maybe, though, that should not be the takeaway from Day 1 in Melbourne.
Maybe neither the shock over opening-round losses by more than half of the U.S. women in the field at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018, nor the euphoria over four women from the United States reaching the semifinals at the last Grand Slam tournament of 2017, is appropriate. Maybe neither should be viewed as a meaningful statement about the state of American tennis.
It’s better to see each as an isolated occurrence and take the long view: Progress is being made, and it’s simply inevitable that there will be a mix of good days and, well, not-so-good ones.