In an interview as quoted by Tennis Tour Talk, former world No. 1 Mats Wilander gave his thoughts about the WTA Tour. The seven-time Grand Slam winner said the situation is very different to ATP where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominate.
"I love the women’s game at the moment because of the depth with so many players than can beat anyone at anytime. To try and guess who’s going to be the champion is very hard these days, which is so exciting.
Compared to the men’s game where there’s really only Novak, Rafa and Roger that can still win. Also the young women are very complete in their technique hitting the tennis ball, plus they are great athletes, movement and physical strength and flexibility is amazing.
Maybe the best female athletes in any sport are tennis players ! And last but not least, they show so much passion in the attitude and body language these days," said Wilander. On what she thinks of his colleague Barbara Schett, Wilander added: "Barbara is a great friend first of all.
I’ve known her for way longer than just since Eurosport started. Sometimes we talk about, can you imagine we’re now working together 20 years after we met for the first time. I like that she knows the game (nearly) as good as me … She has a very positive outlook on life and her job, very easy to work alongside her.
Never any problems that can not be solved. She’s extremely well prepared for every show we do, so I can’t “bullshit” to much cause she’ll challenge me on air live. So every day at the Grand Slams is a structured “adventure” where facts and opinions are both important. She was a great player herself, which makes my job much more interesting while talking about the game."