They wouldn't give Ernests Gulbis, the hot flash on the ATP Tour a wild card in Miami? Come on! What did they give another WC to Lleyton Hewitt!? Gulbis joked in his press conference in Indian Wells that Miami organizers would not give a wild card to 'some Latvian guy.' Well, they should have because Gulbis is as big a draw these days as anyone outside the Top 5, and I include Del Po in that mix, not David Ferrer.And Gulbis didn't want to have to qualify for his third event in a row. Well, Hewitt is no longer his old self. Who is? He lost yesterday routinely to Gilles Simon 3 and 3. Simon is the type of player Mr. Come On used to chew up and dispose of in so many east-west rallies, but now the Aussie just wears a clothing line with his trademark remark on it. Always a bad sign when a player designs his own clothes. Think Spadea and his insignia of the tennis cap with long hair flowing under it. Once Vince went the way of tennis wear designer, the end was near.Boy, has Miami gotten dumped on. First Fed, then Nadal, then Gulbis and Fish and then Del Po goes out and loses in straight sets to Tobias Kamke. Who? The only tournament of note Kamke has ever played well in is Newport where results are typically surprising. Even Azarenka pulled out, but who's following the women's tour? Anyone interested in watching Venus vs. Sloane Stephens?And look what's not happened for Horacio Zeballos. I remember a month ago or so when the lefty Argentine beat a famous lefty Spaniard in the finals in Chile, a few posters on this site were hailing Zeballos as the next Guillermo Vilas. Well, since he pulled off that big upset, Zeballos (do like the name, it's right up there with Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Simone Bolelli as the best on tour), has won a total of two matches and lost in the first round of 3 of 4 events. Zebo lost to the potent Albert Ramos of Spain yesterday in Miami who now faces the revived James Blake in a third round match with a trip to the Rd of 16 to the winner. Blake took Tsonga deep into two breakers in IW and has knocked off Harry and Benneteau in Miami. I know Blake was once No. 4 in the world, and when commentators like Johnny Mac say there's a dearth of talent going into American men's tennis, Blake is cited as the exception to that rule, but the Trumbell flash was the last guy I thought I'd see slashing back up the rankings at 33. Firstly, he's always walked like Jim Brown after getting up from being tackled, slow and old man bad-back-ish. And then his game is the antithesis of what it usually takes to succeed late in a pro tennis player's life. It's a low-percentage, gambling style, but somehow Blake, healthy again, is making it work, at least, against the Harry's and Benneteau's of the tour. We'll see if he can take down some bigger heads. And, oh, how decrepit is men's American tennis? Well, of course, you know about QuIzner, right? Sam Querrey and John Isner are the big guns of American tennis! Geez, that's like saying Henry Finkel and Swen Nader were the big guns of the NBA back in the 60's and 70's. Then there's Fish, who pulled out of Miami, still dealing with heart and anxiety problems. I feel for Fish, but think about it, what former Top 10 player do you ever recall having anxiety issues? It's unheard of in pro sports except for the occasional Royce White in the NBA who might've been a big fish in college, but these players rarely thrive in the big time like Fish has. It takes nerves of steel to perform well as a big time pro athlete and it's very surprising that suddenly, at 31, heart problems and all, Fish is now getting shaky.Pulling up or more accurately, down, the pack of US Men's Tennis is Harry, who in the past two years has gone from being one of the four Young Guns on tour with Raonic, Tomic, and Dmitrov to being a guy who's watched more to see what his next on-court tirade might be. He lost 2 and 2 to Blake in Miami. The American Young Guns of Sock, Rhyne Williams, Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla and Bradley Klahn can't even qualify at Miami. But tennis is a tough game. Look at Dmitry Tursunov, he was the Ernests Gulbis of the tour only a few years ago, the Go-To Guy for quotes and funny quips, and now at the ancient age of 30, he's No. 71 in the world and dropping out of Miami before even a single ball was hit in his match. It's too bad, true unfettered personality is a rare, practically-extinct, commodity in today's pro tennis. Where have all the characters gone? You have to watch senior tennis--which I actually love to do (give me a Tennis Channel Johnny Mac-Agassi match from Las Vegas any day over a Lukas Rosol-Djoko debacle from Miami) to get to see goofballs who can actually play like Henri Leconte of yesteryear. Miami might have one must-see match today when Bernard Tomic faces down Andy Murray. In tennis, a few months makes charlatans out of big talkers. It was Tomic prior to the Aussie Open in January who said this year he'd be Top 10. But since he's left his homeland, he's won a total of three matches in four events. Thankfully, we still have that wonderboy, Rosol, around. with his booming play and tattooed calf. Oh wait, he lost to Djokovic last night, winning a total of one game. Ooh, tennis is in a bad funk this week in hot clammy Miami.