Boris Becker: Rafael Nadal is wrong to be worried about future of tennis

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Boris Becker: Rafael Nadal is wrong to be worried about future of tennis

Former world No. 1 Boris Becker insists that Rafael Nadal's opinion needs to be respected but he respectfully disagreed with the Spaniard over his concern for the future of tennis. Nadal is concerned that the game is getting faster and faster ebey year and that it will heavily damage the game.

"In the past, talent and tactics were much more relevant than they are today,” Nadal said. “Tennis is faster and faster and I'm not convinced it's the right way. “If a solution is not found soon, there is a risk that tennis will become hostage to that single shot.

I think the situation will get worse in the next 10 years."

Becker explains why Nadal is wrong

"When Rafael Nadal speaks about tennis, we first have to shut up and listen,” six-time Slam winner Becker told Eurosport.

“There is not much better than Nadal. “But I can already see a variety - whether it is [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Alexander] Zverev, [Jannik] Sinner or [Carlos] Alcaraz. “They're all different players, so I can't quite understand the argument that he's worried.

“I don't think it's so tragic, I like the young players." A few days ago, Becker suggested that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was having a hard time dealing with the US Open final loss. Djokovic failed to win a record 21st Grand Slam title and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.

"Novak is still digesting the tremendous opportunity he could not take advantage of in the last US Open," said the German. "It became a major emotional problem for him, things did not go as expected."

Djokovic is set to return to action at the Paris Masters. "I hope he plays again soon. I think he will see everything more clearly again once he gets back into dynamics, plays tournaments and wins matches again," Becker added.