Sam Querrey’s run to the Wimbledon semis raised an interesting fact – it was the first time this decade an American male had made the last four at a Grand Slam, ending a drought that dated back to Andy Roddick in 2009. So American tennis is off the skid, but Australia’s wait continues – Lleyton Hewi, would you believe, all the way back in 2005. Lucky that hosting Grand Slam tournaments doesn’t come down to how well your nation, you know, plays tennis. Anyhow, we’ll hope for the beer with the arrival of another US Open (Aug
29-Sep 11), which has taken on the mantle of the experimental Slam – its qualifying rounds included shot clocks between points, as well as allowing players and coaches to communicate in-game.