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French Open's red clay doesn't intimidate Americans Jack Sock and John Isner
French Open's red clay doesn't intimidate Americans Jack Sock and John Isner

— Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by United States tennis fans: Why can't the country's players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now along comes Jack Sock, a 22-year-old born in Nebraska and a Florida resident, who calls the slow stuff "my favorite surface." Yes, that's right, even though there are not many red clay courts in the U.S. — Sock first encountered them in Europe — and even though, at first glance, they're considered less than ideal for players who thrive on speedy serves and forehands. Sock and another U.S. man, 16th-seeded John Isner, both fit that description....

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