Christina McHale

A promising new generation takes the court for U.S. tennis

A promising new generation takes the court for U.S. tennis

Progress must be measured in small steps when it comes to the return to prominence of American male tennis players and of American female players not named Venus or Serena Williams.

Frances Tiafoe’s gallant five-set loss to Roger Federer on Tuesday thrilled the sellout crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium and brought tears to the eyes of Kathy Rinaldi, a former player who is part of the U.S. Tennis Assn.’s development programs. Taylor Fritz’s first-ever Grand Slam match victory — a straight-set dismissal of Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Wednesday — occurred on Court 10, out of the spotlight, but it was a significant achievement for the Palos Verdes resident and for the USTA officials who...

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