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Inside USTA’s grassroots plan to resurrect American men’s tennis

As the men’s semifinals were staged at a rainy U.S. Open on Friday, the American males long had been washed from the scene. In a disappointing Open performance, none of the U.S. men got to the tournament’s second week and out of the third round. It’s the worst Open showing since 2014. Though the American men’s tennis drought continued, Martin Blackman, the USTA’s director of player development, assessed the fortnight as a mixed bag. Blackman sees an upward “trajectory’’ with more grassroots steps being taken to ensure a healthier men’s future picture. Taylor Fritz (out in the first round), Reilly Opelka (second round) and Frances Tiafoe (second round) entered the Open with career-high rankings. Fritz and Tiafoe are ...