Roger Federer insists he is not worried about the future of the game as he is confident that men's and women's tennis is in good hands with the talent they have. Federer, 41, and 41-year-old Serena Williams retired from tennis this month.
When former 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras retired in 2002, many feared the game would be on decline from that point. Then, Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic showed up and all of them beat Sampras' Grand Slam record.
With Federer retired and Nadal and Djokovic entering the final stage of their careers, some fear tennis will never be the same without the Big Three.
Federer on the future of tennis
"You know me, I've always been a big supporter of the future of the game and I really think that it's been a wonderful tournament, the US Open and I think it's been a great last few years, even though I wasn't on tour and sometimes we have been missing some of the older guys, because of injuries and stuff.
The game always creates new superstars and great, great stories. So for me, I never worry about the game. People thought tennis was not so cool and great anymore once Sampras and Agassi retired. Here I was, like I'm sorry, it's kind of me also with [Andy] Roddick and [Juan Carlos] Ferrero and [Lleyton] Hewitt especially.
So for me to now, look at the future, I know it's incredibly bright and we don't have to worry about it, on either side men and women. I think it's gonna be great and I will be following closely of course," Federer said in a video for the ATP.
In men's tennis, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is the one that has been tipped to achieve the most from the new generation.
"The future, I know, is incredibly bright and we don't have to worry about it on either side, men and women." ✨ @rogerfederer | #RForever pic.twitter.com/Um3Epr2dbQ — ATP Tour (@atptour) September 27, 2022
In women's tennis, 21-year-old Swiatek is already a three-time Grand Slam champion and many feel she could easily win over 10 Grand Slams.