Those runs allow Barcelona to stretch the pitch and his technical excellence is also a major factor in helping the Catalans retain possession.Lionel Messi is not expected to play again this yearper the Guardianwhile Xavi is a doubt for the weekend clash at home to Granada, As per Sports Illustrated:"Today was a demonstration of power and I have to congratulate my players for that, And if the Real Madrid playmaker can be used as a second holder.
S. which dominated Davis Cup in the 1970s hasn't wonsince 2007 Televisionratings for the US Openare a fraction of what they used to be in the era of Chris Evert Jimmy Connors and John McEnroeSo why is a sport that is growing world-wide struggling to survive in AmericaMany factors contribute to the deteriorating state of tennis in America They include the dearth of Americans playing college tennis the decline in American-based tennis tournaments and the absence of an American male superstarThere was once a time when crops of fresh tennis talent came from the ranks of the NCAA College tennis served as a training ground for John McEnroe (Stanford) Jimmy Connors (UCLA) Arthur Ashe (UCLA) and John Isner (Georgia)Isner No 14 is the highest-ranked American maleLisa Raymond who played at Florida in the early 1990s is the last former womens college player to break the top 20 in singles Raymond 39 continues to play doubles Matthew Stockman/Getty Images 2013 US Davis Cup team without any American male ranked in Top 10 These days it's tougher to find Americans on college teams in the US Nearlyhalf of all NCAA tennis players areforeignersEarlier this year South Carolina's The State newspaper reported that 51 percent of the rosters of 11 state Division I programs were made up of foreign studentsThe millions of dollars in scholarship money going to non US citizens has sparked criticism but that's mostly because some question of whether US tax payers should be footing the tuition bills of so many foreign players The argument rarely touches on how the lack of American players in college is impacting the popularity of the sport at homeMore troubling is the reduction of major tournaments in the US and the rise of events in South America and Asia Julian Finney/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams at medal ceremony at 2012 Olympics In 2012 columnist Tim Joyce wrote a story for Real Clear Sportsin which helamented the disappearance of tennis tournaments in California That's right the largest state in the country the childhood home to Billie Jean King the Williams sisters and Pete Sampras has one significant tournament: Indian WellsThe SAP Championship which has been played in Northern California since 1889moved to Memphis this year It is now being relocated toRio de JaneiroThe Carlsbad WTA tournament in Southern California ismoving to Tokyoin 2014 Southern California has lost four professional tennis tournaments in the last eight yearsMeanwhile the WTA is expanding in Asia The tour will host 16 events in the Asian-Pacific region in 2014 Five will be in China home to star Li NaTelevision ratings in the US are also not what they used to be especially on the men's sideSerena Williams remains the most dominant player in women's tennis When she's in the final of a Grand Slam television ratings go up Her 2013 US Open finals match against Victoria Azarenka drew the highest ratings in11 years Williams is dynamic a tennis icon andmost importantly for ratings in the USshe is American Matches in which Williams is in the final are outdrawing men's matches even those with FedererWilliams has no American male counterpart thoughAndy Roddick's victory at the 2003 US Open was the last time an American male won a Grand Slam Roddick is retired and Isner hasn't even reached a Grand Slam final This year the state of American men's tennis sank to a new low It was the first time in 132 years that no American male advanced past the third-round of this country's home Slam What will it take to revive tennis in America An American male superstar Better television coverage More scholarships to American players Better management by USTA It can't be revived Submit Vote vote to see results What will it take to revive tennis in America An American male superstar 625% Better television coverage 60% More scholarships to American players 136% Better management by USTA 110% It can't be revived 70% Total votes: 301 Yes there are signs of success Americans took home medals in four of the five categories at the2012 Olympicsin London Sloane Stephens is ranked No 12 Madison Keys and Jamie Hampton have also shown promiseParticipation in tennis grew four percent according to a 2012 survey conducted by the Tennis Industry Association The biggest growth was among children ages six to 11 which increased by 13 percent The USTA has heavily promoted its 10 and under program which uses smaller rackets and courts to introduce youngsters to the gameThat type of initiative may breathe new life into a sport that is ailing in America but right now US tennis needs more than meager attempts at resuscitation It needs a shot in the arm a dynamic male player who wins titles A commitment from American colleges to recruit home-grown talent might help too If more Americans compete at the collegiate and professional levels attendance at tournaments will be less of a problemAs things stand tennis a once vibrant sport in this country is being outsourced It's not dead but it is lingering on 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second-worst in the league).Such an acquisition could allow the Rockets to hide Harden on offense as much as the Warriors hide Curry. The third baseman bounced back from a disappointing two-year stretch in 2011 and 2012 and was a big part of the Dodgers success.8 ESPN.