Frank Deford was on NPR this morning lamenting the lack of American players in the US Open this year. His description of the current state of tennis and the lack of American representation was good, but then he went on to describe the current way of playing tennis as being too influenced by soccer!?? To quote him "Tennis has been soccerized, lacking attacking flair so typical of American greats who charge the net, tennis has gone the way of that favorite European team sport where slow build-up and long rallies are preferred to attacking play." This isn't a direct quote, but he literally blamed soccer and the current European preeminence in tennis for the state of the men's game today. This is more for information and a good laugh than anything else. I could care less what Deford has to say, he's proven himself as an old codger who can't bear to see soccer succeed, but he has gone so far as to blame soccer for current tennis style. Hmmm, using that logic, "I really don't like the way Indians play tennis, it's too influenced by their national sport of cricket. They're always trying to hit the ball out of the arena..." Or taking European basketball and saying that they play differently because of soccer. Ridiculous. Who gives these guys jobs anyway?