In this file photo dated Sept 23, 2022, Switzerland's Roger Federer (right) is applauded onto court by his teammates, Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) and Spain's Rafael Nadal (center) ahead of the evening's matches in the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London. (PHOTO / AFP)
BENGALURU - Tennis will miss the impact of the "Big Three" both on and off the court when Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic join Roger Federer in retirement but the game has a bright future and will continue to thrive, former ATP Board member Alex Inglot told Reuters.
Federer brought his career to an end last year at the age of 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal and Djokovic, who have each won 22 majors, are both in their mid-30s.
The trio have dominated men's tennis over the last 20 years and played a major role in shaping the direction of the sport away from the court.
Former ATP Board member Alex Inglot said he understood concerns fans may have as to whether the game will ever see such an era again but was confident tennis would continue to produce enthralling rivalries and players capable of making a big impact
"On court, the three of them have been legends," former European player representative Inglot told Reuters by phone from Malta. "Different personalities and styles, but bound by the utmost respect and competition for each other.
"They each cared deeply about the game and its future. So I think we'll also miss that commitment as well as the commitment to on-court excellence."
Inglot said he understood concerns fans may have as to whether the game will ever see such an era again but was confident tennis would continue to produce enthralling rivalries and players capable of making a big impact.
"Something always comes along. I look at tennis today, the resilience of Daniil Medvedev, the showtime of Nick Kyrgios, the flair of Stefanos Tsitsipas. That's great," Briton Inglot said.
"Then you look at the next group with Carlos Alcaraz, who's 19, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Holger Rune, Jannik Sinner. They're all 22 or under.
Inglot said it remained to be seen who would lead the pack over the next decade and beyond
"These are exciting prospects and exciting times. I think you look at (Netflix show) 'Break Point' which has been renewed for season two on the back of five episodes that focused on the up-and-comers."
Inglot said it remained to be seen who would lead the pack over the next decade and beyond.
"The fact they're there and competing ferociously leaves me confident," Inglot said.
"As long as the backstage can build the best platform, the best production, the best promotion for these gladiators they'll continue to wow audiences around the world.
"I'll miss the 'Big Three' no doubt, but tennis will continue to thrive."
Copyright 1995 - 2023. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily. Without written authorization from China Daily, such content shall not be republished or used in any form.
HONG KONG NEWS