Tommy Paul and Jessica Pegula's wins could kick off a big summer for USA tennis

Paul and Pegula are key members of the USA Olympic tennis team
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In case you missed it, Tommy Paul and Jessica Pegula recently won ATP and WTA titles on grass courts. Paul won in Queens and Pegula in Berlin. Neither player has ever won a grasscourt title, and with the win, Paul earned the bonus of becoming USA's top-ranked men's player (overtaking Taylor Fritz).

The tennis calendar is long and cyclical, but there is something to be said for momentum-building wins. Remember the 2023 "Summer of Coco?" No one is suggesting that Paul or Pegula will go on that type of winning streak; however, the pair now have more confidence to compete at Wimbledon where their best results were fourth-round and quarterfinal finishes, respectively.

Each year American fans wish for US Wimbledon champions. It has not happened for quite some time, 24 years to be exact for the men since Pete Sampras was crowned Wimbledon champion for the final time in 2000 and eight years for the women since Serena Williams won her final Wimbledon. Could this finally be the year Americans hoist the trophy again?

Staying healthy is the key for Paul, Pegula, and the rest of the USA Olympic team

Looking further into the summer, Paul and Pegula's wins could boost a USA Olympic tennis team without some of its highest-ranked players like Ben Shelton, Frances Tiafoe, Sebastian Korda, and Madison Keys.

ATP and WTA tennis are suffering from injuries and retirements in top players' matches in recent weeks. Slips and falls on the grass have been devastating and caused premature exits for Frances Tiafoe and Marketa Vondrousova, Illnesses and nagging injuries have affected Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur, and Elena Rybakina.

Next. Ash Barty is playing at Wimbledon but not the way fans want. Ash Barty is playing at Wimbledon but not the way fans want. dark

This means momentum and health are the keys to a great summer for Paul, Pegula, and the USA Olympic tennis team. Paul and Coco Gauff, the top-ranked USA players, will be the team leaders. Gauff has to be considered the frontrunner to win a singles gold medal. Pegula and Taylor Fritz are veteran players who can be big contributors with the only potential drawback being that Pegula was injured for the clay court season and has not played at all on clay this year.

Though we are focusing on Wimbledon and the Paris Olympics, we cannot also forget the end of the summer will be big for Gauff who seeks to defend her US Open title. July through September will be an exciting time for USA tennis.

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