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The Belt: The #NextGen (2014-Present)

Welcome to the 7th and final edition of The Belt. Prior to reading this week’s article, I really encourage you to read the introduction from our #NextGen American Series. The introduction does a thorough job of describing the purposes of the ATP’s #NextGen campaign, and provides further depth about the

Andy Roddick
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The Belt: Winter is Coming (2003-2014)

So my intention to start this article was to write a quick tangent about Jack Sock’s win at the Paris Master’s Event, and to discuss what it may or may not mean for the future of American tennis. But as I began to write about this major moment in Sock’s

Sampras and Agassi
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The Belt: The Peak (1993-2003)

The first four parts of The Belt series detail the many successes American men have experienced throughout the Open Era. Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Michael Chang, and Jim Courier all achieved plenty. They all had Hall of Fame careers, and each certainly earned their respective time with The Belt. However,

Courier, McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras
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The Belt: The Golden Era Begins (1989-1993)

The first parts of The Belt Series primarily focused on three men: Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, and John McEnroe. For the first 25 years of the Open Era, these men defined American Tennis. They combined to win 18 of the country’s first 23 grand slam singles titles, 9 Davis Cup

John McEnroe
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The Belt: “You CANNOT Be Serious” (McEnroe Only Era)

The Belt’s transition from Arthur Ashe to Jimmy Connors was clearcut. Though the two’s rivalry continued off of the court, by the start of the 1970s, Connors had undoubtedly established himself as the better tennis player. Conversely, the transition of the belt between our next two athletes was a bit

Jimmy Connors
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The Belt: The Immovable Object Meets the Unstoppable Force (Connors vs McEnroe)

Last week Cracked Contributor Alex Gruskin began analyzing American tennis history, trying to figure out who the best player of each generation was. The first “Belt” was awarded to Arthur Ashe, who won two grand slam titles, made two other singles finals, won a French Open doubles title, and led

Arthur Ashe
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The Belt: Best Possible Start (1968-1974)

Earlier today we introduced Alex Gruskin’s new series The Belt.  Alex is taking a close look at every era of tennis and awarding the best American player “the belt”, meaning they were the best player of that generation.  To start off, the series will open with the beginning of the

American Tennis US Open
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The Belt: Awarding the Best American Tennis Players by Era

New to the team, Cracked contributor Alex Gruskin is coming out swinging with a brand new series! He came up with an idea to analyze the greatest male tennis players of each generation to determine who held the mantel of being the best American man in tennis at any given moment