Tough day for 3 American teens at French Open

Melanie Oudin describes her 6-2, 6-0 loss to defending champion
Francesca Schiavone at the French Open as a ”clay-court
lesson.”

If the U.S. Tennis Association gets its way, more and more young
Americans will be schooled closer to home in the ways of playing on
clay.

Oudin is one of three 19-year-old women from the United States
who lost in the first round at Roland Garros on Monday, all against
older opponents from Europe. The results highlight the issue of the
future of U.S. tennis on clay.

The USTA has been taking steps to emphasize the importance of
training on the slow surface, not only in the hopes of better
results at the French Open but also to improve kids’ games in
general.