Toni Nadal: At Zverev's age, Roddick and Hewitt were already no. 1's


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Toni Nadal: At Zverev's age, Roddick and Hewitt were already no. 1's

In an interview with Libertad, Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal's uncle, spoke about the next generation of tennis players. The 58-year-old believes there are some clear reasons why the Big Three continue dominating. "The reality is, nowadays, the players...

are worse than before. I keep thinking that in the working method you have things that continue to be very important in sports and tennis. The essence (also remains) equally important. The reality is that commitment (continues to be) important.

We live in a world of technology where it seems we solve things with new methods. But in the end, kids are worse than before because of innovations," said Toni. On older players dominating the Tour, Toni added: "Not only the best guys, Roger, Nadal, and Djokovic.

Moya won his maiden French Open at 21 years. Becker, Chang... I do not know what happens, but before players won much more than now. Something failed in training with the younger guys. You see Zverev playing, and that age Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick were already the world no.

1s. Nadal had several Grand Slam trophies. Now kids are too protected and they want to have everything. I (have) said it many times: what's good for a professional player is not good for a kid. In the Academy, we understand that the world changes and some things changed through technology, that's for sure, but what's important keeps being the most important.

Before it was a game of control and fight, now it's different and you have to adapt." Nadal will play his next tournament in Monte Carlo where he is seeking his 12th title.