The ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode spoke to Reuters about how Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been important for tennis in the last decade. Kermode recognized they had a big role in the development of the sport, but at the same time assured they won't be regretted once they call it a career.
'It's hard to quantify precisely how much of the growth in the sport we have seen in the last 15 years or so should be attributed directly to them but their contributions have been immense both in terms of captivating audiences worldwide on the court, as well as leading by example away from the court', Kermode said through a mail.
He is confident that the Next Generation stars like Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz and other players will step up, and so there won't be a hole. 'There will inevitably come a time when their careers come to an end and the sport will miss them.
But no player is bigger than the sport, and men's tennis has an uncanny ability to consistently produce global stars that transcend the game.' ALSO READ: Pat Cash: 'Against Federer, Rafael Nadal could be influenced by the pressure'