946808_4974932982110_1251758145_nYes, it is the week before a slam and that means one of the best week's in the tennis calendar is taking place and that is the Qualy Tournament. It's as big as the regular event at a slam, 124 players, and the men's event started today in Paris for the French Open and the four young Americans who I think have the best chance to make a mark in the next five years all won.Those four players ranked in my order of best to last are Denis Kudla, Jack Sock, Rhyne Williams and Steve Johnson, but they're all very close. Kudla and Sock skipped college and went right on the pro tour while Williams went to Tennessee for a couple of years and Johnson won the NCAA singles at USC. The losers among the young Americans today were Bradley Klahn and Tenny Sandgren. Also going down were Robby Ginepri and Tim Smyczeck. Why Ginepri is still playing on the pro tour is a mystery to me, but I guess he made enough money to do what he wants. The other young American besides RHarry to have a chance to make it into the Top 50, CHarry, I guess wasn't ranked high enough to get into the Qualy Tournament. There are actually 8 Americans in the Top 100 right now (how Rajeev Ram got to #91 is beyond me), but Fish and Barker won't play in the main draw of Roland Garros. So if one or more of these young Americans qualifies to play in the main draw it could be a big push since with the exception of maybe Isner and Querrey and maybe RHarrry and Mike Russell, there may not be any American men in the second round of the tournament. Think about that! That's pretty freakin' amazing. The Americans used to do very well at the French. Chang, Courier and Agassi all won it and there even was an all-American final of Courier and Agassi. Now there's a legitimate chance that not a single American will reach the second round and the last time an American reached the second week of the tournament was 2009 when Andy Roddick was rudely ousted by Gaels Monfils in the fourth round in straight sets. I'm picking Kudla to make it through the qualis and win a match in the Main Draw. Anyone else like the chances of the Young Americans?