The 1996 Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek believes that tennis will be in a good position once Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal retire from tennis. Speaking exclusively with Tennis World USA, Krajicek said: "Tennis has a bright future ahead of it.
When (Pete) Sampras and (Andre) Agassi stopped playing, everybody thought it would be the end of tennis. A great new generation emerged. With players like Zverev, Tsitsipas, Khachanov and Shapovalov, the future stars are already emerging."
Asked if he thinks Nick Kyrgios gets injured often because he does not train as hard as he can physically, Krajicek replied: "No, not at all. The feeling I have is that Nick is more like me. He is unlucky with his injuries, just like I used to be."
Kyrgios withdrew from the ABN Amro Open in Rotterdam three times in the last four years. This week he played the Delray Beach Open, where he lost to Radu Albot in the second round. A few days ago, Juan Carlos Ferrero had said that the current generation of players are connected with mobile phones every day and do not think about tennis all the time.
Is it the reason why they have not been able to break through and so, as consequence, the Big Three are dominating for such a long time? Krajicek did not agree with Moya's assessment but he also did not disagree with his comments.
His take was, however, unique. "We should cherish the fact that we are currently looking at three players that extremely talented and successful. Maybe the Next Generation is not able to be that dominant, maybe they will. This has nothing to do with computer games or mobile phones."