The ATP Finals Event Director Adam Hogg is confident about the future of tennis once Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic retire.
'Can I imagine it? Yes. Will it be different? Yes, it will be', Hogg said in an interview to Gulf News. 'But that said, run the clock back perhaps 30 years and we could have said the same thing about [John] McEnroe, [Bjorn] Borg and [Jimmy] Connors followed by [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi.
But I think we have been ahead of it while we work towards bringing in the next generation of players such as [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Alexander] Zverev and [Karen] Khachanov to name just a few. I think we are headed in the right direction.
Of course people like Rafa and Roger will leave a huge hole behind them. But, I am confident that someone like Tsitsipas and Zverev will grow into superstars that those guys were in the past.' London will host the ATP Finals until 2020 included, then the event may move elsewhere as 40 cities are among the candidates.
The final decision will be taken in March 2019. 'For the moment, London and the Nitto ATP Tour Finals is a winning combination, and we are only thinking on ways to make this event even better and more engaging to the spectators', Hogg stated.
'This is the one event that we own, control and operate, and for us to make it a success is paramount, not just to present the sport in as positive a way as possible but also to give exposure to all players. We do stuff here that will benefit our member associations and fans.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title