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How many matches do you think the Americans will win in Paris? Read below and let Greg Garber know your thoughts.
Americans in Paris: Even seven years after France objected to the invasion of Iraq -- remember Freedom Fries? -- it remains a dicey matchup.
It isn't often that Americans survive to the second week at the French Open. Serena Williams is the only active U.S. player to have won at Roland Garros, and that was in 2002, when she was unbeatable on all surfaces.
Maybe it's allergies to clay. Perhaps just a lack of patience the surface demands. Whatever it is, history suggests it will be tough sledding for Americans when Roland Garros opens for business Sunday.
Which got us to thinking: What's the over/under for total match victories for the U.S. men and women?
Last year, for example, there were an even dozen. Serena was responsible for four of those, followed by Andy Roddick (3), Venus Williams (2), Jill Craybas (1), Alexa Glatch (1) and Robert Kendrick (1). In all, 11 Americans lost their first-round matches at Roland Garros.
Here's the list of those already in the main draw as of today: Serena and Venus, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Jill Craybas, Varvara Lepchenko, Shenay Perry, and Christina McHale on the women's side. Roddick, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mike Russell, Mardy Fish, Rajeev Ram and Ryan Sweeting on the men's side.
That's 15 total, and there are expected to be 10 to 12 additional Americans in the qualifying draws. Historically, a few of them get through.
Querrey has been a notable exception to the anti-clay rule. He won the Serbia Open a week ago, defeating fellow American Isner in the final.
"Twelve last year?" Querrey asked last week from his Belgrade hotel room. "I think we'll do a little better this year.
"Roddick, he could go deep in Paris. I've never won a match there, but I believe it's eventually going to happen. John, Mike Russell, they can get us one. Venus and Serena can go deep, too. Melanie Oudin, maybe Bethanie Mattek-Sand qualifies.
"I'll give us over/under 15."
What's your number? Drop me a line and we'll post the responses Wednesday -- and take a look back when the final results are in. A prize to the ultimate winner who hits it on the head (a tiebreaker will be employed, if necessary).
Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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