US tennis players wilting in the Indian Wells desert
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- With the star of the day, second-seeded Novak Djokovic, advancing as expected Sunday, it seemed timely to survey the results of tennis players from the United States. This BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is, after all, one of the country's bigger tennis events. There is good news and bad news. Mostly bad, enough for the U.S. Tennis Association, whose mandate it is to produce U.S. players, not to answer its phones for a couple of days. On the men's side, the top-ranking U.S. player, John Isner, is still alive and kicking. He won his first match as the No. 12 seed, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (3), against a once-prominent-but-no-longer-ranked Russian, Nikolay Davydenko. ...