Stefanos Tsitsipas has acknowledged the greatness of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he noted that there is a number of other talented players on the Tour. The Big Three are also skipping this week's Toronto Masters.
Djokovic is taking a rest following an exhausting Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics campaign, while Federer is dealing with a knee issue. Nadal was scheduled to play in Toronto but he pulled out of the event on Tuesday due to a foot injury.
"I don't really think about that. It is what it is. I mean, if they don't feel fit and they aren't ready to play, it's up to them to decide," Tsitsipas said of the Big Three absence from Toronto, per Max Gao.
"Obviously let's accept it, because it's a fact, it's true, they bring a lot fans to the courts, and they are also the reason why people come and watch these big events. Also, they are a big part of, you know, tennis being where it is now.
"So I think there is room for new stars. You know, it's been a lot about them in recent years, and I think now it's showing that, you know, things are changing. Things are kind of -- we see kind of different generation of players stepping up and showing what they are capable of.
"So it's interesting to have this kind of variation and change of thrones, let's call it. It's interesting for our game."
Tsitsipas avoids facing Nadal in Toronto
"I have had this issue for a couple of months, as people know," said Nadal after withdrawing from Toronto.
"Of course, it is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada, not being able to play this year after missing a year. "Today, with this pain, I am not able to enjoy it, and I really don't believe that I have the chance to fight for the things that I really need to fight for."