Tennis will miss the influence of the ‘Big Three’ on and off the court if Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic join. Roger Federer in retirement but the sport has a bright future and will continue to prosper, ATP Board member Alex Inglot told Reuters.
Federer ended his career last year at the age of 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal and Djokovic, who won a total of 22 majors, are in their mid-30s.
The three have dominated men’s tennis for the past 20 years and played a major role in shaping the game away from the court.
“On the court, the three of them are legends,” the former Inglot representative of the European players told Reuters by telephone from Malta.
“Different personalities and styles, but bound by the utmost respect and competition for each other, each of them cared deeply about the game and its future.” c. “
Inglot said he understood the concerns fans might have about whether the game would ever be seen again in such a season, but was confident that tennis would continue to provide great competition and players who could make a big impact.
“Something always comes up. I look at tennis today, the resilience of Daniil Medvedev, the show time of Nick Kyrgios, the flair of StefanosTsitsipas. It’s great,” said Briton Inglot.
“Then you see the next part and Carlos Alcaraz, who is 19, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Holger Rune, Jannik Sinner. All of them are 22 or under.
“These are exciting prospects and exciting times. I think you look at (Netflix show) ‘Break Point’ which was renewed for a second season after five episodes focused on the up-and-coming.”
Inglot said it remains to be seen who will lead the pack in the next decade and beyond.
“The fact that they’re there and competing hard gives me confidence,” Inglot said.
“As long as the rear can create the best situation, the best production, the best promotion for these soldiers they will continue to entertain the audience around the world. Cheers.”