Tennis: No American man reached last 16 in any Grand Slam this year
NEW YORK (AP) - Much like American men's tennis, it might be best to say that Tim Smyczek ran out of gas on Sunday night.
The 25-year-old from Milwaukee, who served up a funny headline when he told about how the car he was riding in ran out of petrol en route to the US Open last week, was two points away from helping his country avoid an ignominious fate.
"I never heard somebody yell out from the stands, 'You're our last hope'," Smyczek said.
But he could not pull through against Marcel Granollers, losing 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 3-6, 5-7 in front of a rowdy crowd chanting "USA! USA!" in the Grandstand. Now the Americans do not have a man in the round of 16 at their own Grand Slam for the first time since the tournament started in 1881.