Decade in review:
Americans find success
Ashley Marshall | December 23, 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, USTA.com is taking a look back at the top storylines, headlines and highlights from the decade in American tennis. Here, we take a look behind the numbers of U.S. players on the court and the outreach efforts off the court.
4: Four U.S. men have finished inside the Top 10 in the year-end rankings: Andy Roddick (No. 8, 2010); Mardy Fish (No. 8, 2011); Jack Sock (No. 8, 2017); John Isner (No. 10, 2018).
5: Nick Taylor and David Wagner took home five medals at the Paralympics during the decade. The duo teamed up to win gold in quad doubles in London in 2012, with Wagner also winning a silver medal in the singles competition and Taylor claiming bronze. Four years later in Rio, the pair won silver in quad doubles, with Wagner adding to his collection with a bronze medal in singles.ADVERTISEMENT
7: Team USA has won more tennis medals at the Olympics this decade than any other nation. In London in 2012, Serena won gold in singles and teamed with sister Venus to take the top prize in women's doubles. Sibling success continued for the U.S., as Mike and Bob Bryan won gold in the men's doubles event. Mike Bryan also won a bronze medal with Lisa Raymond in mixed doubles. Four years later in Rio, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won gold in the mixed competition, beating fellow Americans Venus and Rajeev Ram in the championship match. Sock also partnered with Steve Johnson to win bronze in men's doubles.
7: Medals won by the U.S. at the Pan American Games. In 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Irina Falconi and Christina McHale won gold and bronze, respectively, in the women's singles competition before partnering to win silver in women's doubles. Nicholas Monroe and Greg Ouelette also won a bronze medal in men's doubles. In 2015 in Toronto, Dennis Novikov won a bronze medal in men's singles. And at the most recent Games in 2019 in Peru, Usue Arconada and Caroline Dolehide won gold in women's doubles, with Dolehide also claiming silver in singles.
9: Grand Slam doubles titles won by Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The second half of this decade has seen Mattek-Sands become arguably the greatest American doubles player of her era. She won her first Grand Slam doubles title at the 2015 Australian Open, and she has gone on to win four more major women's doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles, including the 2018 and 2019 US Open. She also won the 2016 Olympics mixed doubles title with Jack Sock and helped Team USA to a Fed Cup title in 2017 and a runner-up finish in 2010.
9: Mike and Bob Bryan have won nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles together this decade, including the Australian Open (2010, 2011, 2013), the French Open (2013), Wimbledon (2011, 2013) and the US Open (2010, 2012, 2014). In addition to their success at majors, the twins also won the 2014 ATP Finals title, a 2012 London Olympics gold medal and a remarkable 26 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, including each of the nine events at least once. In the first half of the decade, between 2010 and 2014, the Bryans won 28 of the 65 Grand Slam and Masters 1000 tournaments they entered.
12: Serena Williams has thrived this decade, continuing her run of reaching at least one major singles final each year since 2007. She has won 12 of her 23 Grand Slam women’s singles titles since the start of 2010, including three Australian Opens (2010, 2015, 2017), two French Opens (2013, 2015), four Wimbledons (2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) and three consecutive US Opens (2012-14). Add in five more major finals, four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and Olympic singles and doubles gold medals in London in 2012, and it’s easy to see how much Serena has dominated.
14: Medals won by Team USA’s wheelchair tennis athletes at the Parapan American Games. The U.S. topped the medal count in 2011, with Mackenzie Soldan winning gold medals in singles and in doubles with Mary Kaiser, who was runner-up in the singles competition. Jon Rydberg and Stephen Welch won gold in men's doubles, with Welch also taking bronze in men's singles. In Toronto in 2015, the U.S. won four medals: Rydberg won a silver in men's singles; Kaitlyn Verfuerth took silver in the women's competition; Emmy Kaiser won bronze in women's singles; and Kaiser and Verfuerth teamed to win bronze in women's doubles. In 2019, Team USA took home five medals: Kaiser and Dana Mathewson won gold in women's doubles; David Wagner took silver in quad singles; Casey Ratzlaff and Chris Herman won silver in men's doubles; Bryan Barten won bronze in quad singles; and Mathewson captured bronze in women's singles.
18: Team USA won its record-extending 18th Fed Cup title in 2017, beating host Belarus to claim its first championship since 2000. The U.S. swept Germany in the first round and edged Czech Republic in the semis before winning the decisive doubles rubber in Minsk to seal the victory.
25: Team USA has won 25 total titles at the Australian Open since 2010. David Wagner has had a hand in nine of those, winning three quad singles titles and eight quad doubles titles in Melbourne.
30: American juniors have won 30 Grand Slam titles, including 15 singles titles by 15 different players, in the past 10 years. An American player has won at least one junior title at every US Open this decade, except in 2014, with New York City proving to be the most successful Slam for young U.S. players (11 titles), followed by London (eight titles), Paris (seven) and Melbourne (four).
Taylor Townsend won more junior championships than any other American this decade, winning four titles in an incredible 2012 season that saw her lift the singles trophy at the Australian Open and doubles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
The other Americans who won singles titles at Grand Slam tournaments since 2010 are: Jack Sock (2010 US Open), Bjorn Fratangelo (2011 French Open), Grace Min (2011 US Open), Samantha Crawford (2012 US Open), Noah Rubin (2014 Wimbledon), Tommy Paul (2015 French Open), Reilly Opelka (2015 Wimbledon), Taylor Fritz (2015 US Open), Kayla Day (2016 US Open), Whitney Osuigwe (2017 French Open), Claire Liu (2017 Wimbledon), Amanda Anisimova (2017 US Open), Sebastian Korda (2018 Australian Open) and Coco Gauff (2018 French Open).
40: Of the 40 Grand Slam events that have been held this decade, at least one American has lifted a trophy at 37 of them. The lone exceptions are in Paris, where an American failed to win any of the events in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
44: The number of different Americans to win a Grand Slam title over the past 10 years, among the singles, doubles, junior and wheelchair categories.
101: Total titles won by Americans at Grand Slams since 2010. Team USA has won 37 titles at the US Open, 25 at the Australian Open, 22 at Wimbledon and 17 at the French Open. The most successful tournament was the 2010 US Open, which saw the Bryan brothers win the men’s doubles title, Vania King win the women’s doubles championship, Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan win mixed doubles, Jack Sock win boys’ singles, David Wagner win quad singles, and Wagner and Nick Taylor win quad doubles. Three times, the U.S. has won five events at one Slam, including at the 2017 Australian Open and the 2011 and 2018 US Opens.
7/16/18: Sloane Stephens peaks at a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. Stephens is one of only three U.S. women, and the only active player, to reach No. 3 or higher but never reach No. 1. The other two are Pam Shriver, who reached No. 3 in 1984, and Andrea Jaeger, who reached No. 2 in 1981. Stephens is one of only 11 American women to be ranked inside the Top 3.
1973: One American has reached at least one championship match between all the events at every Slam going back to at least 1973.
2015: Serena Williams ended the season as world No. 1 for the third year in a row and for the fifth time in her career.
300,000: In 2017, the USTA launched Net Generation, the official youth tennis of the USTA. It aims to inspire the next generation of tennis players by encompassing all aspects of youth play for kids ages 5-18 by providing family-friendly, safe and clear connections to the sport through official USTA tennis programs, as well as a lifestyle platform to celebrate individuality, creativity and self-expression.
By having a unified youth brand, Net Generation makes it easier for kids and their parents to learn about tennis, get into the game and stay in it. There are currently more than 300,000 youth tennis accounts in Net Generation, which is designed to make tennis fun and accessible for children of all ages and abilities. In addition, more than 30,000 coaches, teachers and organizers have completed the USTA Safe Play Program as approved providers, and almost 24,000 people have downloaded the Net Generation mobile app.