The debate on the 'GOAT', the strongest of all time, continues every year and will certainly not subside any time soon. 2021 will be a crucial year from this point of view: with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal now both at 20 Grand Slam titles, the motivations to try to reach the absolute record will certainly not be lacking.
The same goes for Novak Djokovic, stopped at 17, still awaiting redemption after the accident at the US Open and the final of Roland Garros, where there was practically no battle. Furthermore, next year will also see the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for twelve months due to the Covid-19 emergency.
In short, it promises to be a really interesting season for the strongest tennis players in the world. But what will be the role of young people in all this? Recently, in an interview, French tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was asked about an explanation behind the invincibility of the Big-3 despite the tennis world moving at a rapid pace.
He hailed their longevity and talked about their unwavering determination, making it difficult for players to break their dominance.
Mouratoglou backs young talent
“We live in a unique era in the history of our sport since, from- then more than a decade, tennis world is dominated by three players who are considered the most greats of all time, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
So yes, they are steadfast, but it is precisely because they are the best,” said Patrick Mouratoglou. “But there are also several very promising young talents who knock on the door and who will end by finding their place.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime, etc. I believe this new wave will play the leading roles in coming years. They begin to regularly cross the second week in Grand Slam and to beat more experienced players,” remarked Mouratoglou.
The tennis calendar features two team tournaments, the historic Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup. There is now a rivalry between the two. Davis Cup and ATP Cup both want to secure their weeks on the calendar. But with almost a jam-packed schedule, should we even have two team tournaments in tennis? The ATP Cup was conceptualized under the former ATP president Chris Kermode.
Recently he again criticized the ATP and ITF for having two team events, Davis Cup and ATP Cup, and thus called for a merger. “I think that to happen so close to each other is ludicrous. I think it will change, how it will change I don’t know. But at some point, I think over the next couple of years there will be a solution”.