Who Will Be the Next American Man to Win a Major Tennis Championship?
American men have been absent from the winner’s circle in major tournaments for what has been decades now. The last American man to win a grand slam was Andy Roddick in 2003 at the U.S. Open.
Since then, American tennis had been completely lost in the wake of the big 4, namely Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Read on for which American tennis players I think can conquer what has been impossible for nearly 20 years as the big 4 phase out of the sport once and for all.
#5 Taylor Fritz
Taylor Fritz is by far the most likely next American tennis player to win a major championship. Fritz
five ATP Tour singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters. His most recent title came earlier this year in Delray Beach, Florida, and the Delray Beach Open. Another significant tournament result was Fritz’s run at Wimbledon in 2022 that saw him make it to the quarter finals.
Fritz has shown incredible consistency on hard court surfaces and should fancy his chances against any of the top players in the world if he is on his game, especially on home turf at a venue like the US Open.
#39 Ben Shelton
Ben Shelton is one of the most talented young players to hit the ATP Tour over the past few years. Shelton broke onto the scene this year with the way he played in the Australian swing and open, and he has shown he can hang with just about any player on tour. Last week Shelton took reigning Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz to three sets, but Fritz outlasted his younger compatriot.
Shelton is improving with every match he plays and if he’s able to contain his emotions he should be able to make some deep runs into the slam events, especially those on hard court tennis surfaces.
#26 Sebastian Korda
Sebastian Korda is another young American tennis player with budding potential, but the question with Korda is – just how much potential is there? Korda owns one of the most feared backhands on the ATP Tour and serves the ball at an elite level.
Korda’s main downfall is that he often makes matches harder than they need to be by breaking down at inopportune times. If Korda can tame his mental demons and play to his potential, he could get hot enough to win a Slam event.