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U.S. Open Tennis Players Span the Globe

09 September 2011

Novak Djokovic returning a shot in the U.S. Open tennis tournament (AP Images)

Players from around the globe are transforming championship tennis — once the domain of Europe and America.

Twenty years ago, players from the United States, Germany, France and Australia dominated the list of top-ranked players in U.S. Open tennis. The titans of the time, such as Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi and Jennifer Capriati, represented a short list of countries that had monopolized international tennis competition since it began in the late 19th century. That has changed. In 2011, players such as Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand), Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan), Sania Mirza (India), Na Li (China) and Novac Djokovic (above, from Serbia) — along with many others — are transforming championship tennis into a truly global sport.

(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/iipdigital-en/index.html)