Aussies nurtured some of tennis' greatest champions

It laid the foundation for much of today's circuit, fostered the all-time men's Grand Slam champ and defied conventional wisdom, but the U.S. is not the greatest tennis country of all time.

Updated: August 7, 2008, 9:49 AM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

As flags fly over Beijing, here's a look at the 10 greatest nations in tennis history.

1. Australia Never mind that the flow of top players has slowed to a trickle. What matters most is the Aussie code and how it has long set the gold standard for how tennis players should comport themselves. Back in the days when such stars as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong kept Australia atop the tennis world, the saying was "first to ...

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