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.