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Optimism for American tennis in 2007

For American tennis, 2006 was considered a down year. Bonnie DeSimone looks ahead and explains why 2007 will be better for the United States.

Updated: November 8, 2006, 1:56 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

A lot of ink got spilled and keystrokes logged on the malaise in American tennis this season. No U.S. player made it to the semifinal round of any Grand Slam event until Andy Roddick surged to the U.S. Open final. The Williams sisters' long absence deprived the women's game of two proven headliners in every sense of that word. Lindsay Davenport spent much of the year sidelined, and Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova bowed out, making 2007 the first year since 1981 that neither will compete under ...

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