The ATP/WTA Old and Next Gen paradox

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The ATP/WTA Old and Next Gen paradox

The paradox between the WTA Tour and the ATP Tour is leaving a very important discrepancy, especially in men´s singles and women´s singles. If we look at the results of boys and girls in the tournaments of 2019, we can see how in the Slams the Next Gen of the ATP Tour make it much more difficult to impose themselves on the certainties of the Old Gen, led by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The situation is different for girls, with many young players (including some millennials) now ready for the definitive quality leap, even in the most important stages. A significant fact; at the Australian Open, they won Novak Djokovic (32 years-old) and Naomi Osaka (22 years-old), at the Roland Garros Rafael Nadal (33 years-old) and Ashleigh Barty (23 years old), at Wimbledon the sam Djokovic (and Roger Federer in the final), and Simona Halep 827 years-sold).

In the first two Slam-cases, there is a 10-years´ difference between the men´s winner and the women´s winner. Who are the young players of the ATP Tour who are getting successes and awards? Alexander Zverev, 22 years-old, but in the Slams the German only made a bad impression.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, destined to shine, but still not on the most important stages. Karen Khachanov, Alex De Minaur, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe come to mind. All of them are interesting young prospects, but they still have to demonstrate a lot.

The exception is Daniil Medvedev, the finalist at the US Open. Wimbledon has certified the above, and even the US Open gave another answer. Especially the difficulties of Zverev and Tsitsipas, defeated by unpredictable outsiders in the first round of the London Slam.

And with the rise of Cori Gauff in the women´s singles. Among the girls, there are already realities that are shining. We must not forget, first of all, that Naomi Osaka is only 22 years old (the same age of Zverev), and she is already the world no.1 and she has already won 2 Slams.

Behind her, there are Amanda Anisimova, Marketa Vondrousova, Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, Dayana Yastremska and Daria Kasatkina. And of course Bianca Andreescu, the shining young star of the WTA Tour and champion at the US Open.

The difference was born in 2017, with the maternity of Serena Williams. Without its queen, the strongest and most dominant, the WTA Tour has fallen into chaos, without a real leader having put the others at bay. Many have tried, but none has succeeded in emulating Serena.

On the ATP Tour, it is different; Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are always dominant, despite the passing of the years. They are stronger, for technique, physical strength, mental strength, determination, charisma and, not to be underestimated, the love of the crowd, who loves these three great champions and would always like to see them triumph. A total difference between the two movements, which are taking different paths.