Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are three extraordinary athletes, in addition to having written pages that will remain forever etched in the history of tennis. The ability to preserve the body thanks to careful planning has allowed the Big 3 to remain competitive even after exceeding 30 years.
Federer is back from a 2020 spent away from the circuit, given that the last official appearance of the Swiss phenomenon dates back to the Australian Open almost a year ago. The former world number 1 also had to suffer the hook of the eternal rival Nadal at 20 Grand Slams, after the 34-year-old Spaniard won his 13th Roland Garros (fourth without giving up a single set).
Djokovic has 17 Majors on his showcase, but the Serbian has a very good chance of breaking the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings thanks to the new ranking system. In the course of a recent interview with L’Equipe, former European champion of 110 meters hurdles Stéphane Caristan explained how the three sacred monsters have the physical characteristics necessary to do well even in some athletics competitions.
Caristan praises the Big 3
Stéphane Caristan believes that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have the necessary physical attributes to do well in some of the track and field events. He opined that the Big 3 could do well in the disciplines that don’t require the use of height, while also being able to execute the shorter jumps in the decathlon events.
“Nadal, Federer and he could have expressed themselves on very technical events,” Caristan said. “The height, no, because they don't necessarily have the size. But in the decathlon, they would have been very good at jumping 2.00m, 2.05m”.
In just over a month, the Australian Open will kick off, the first major event of 2021. The organizers of the Happy Slam have decided to use 'hawk-eye' technology instead of the line judges at Melbourne Park. In almost all the tournaments that took place after the lockdown, there was a substantial reduction in the number of people on the field in order to reduce the risk of contagion.
On the other hand, it has not been long since the infamous accident that occurred to Novak Djokovic during the US Open (which led to the disqualification of the world number 1). Believe it or not, this is a clear-cut indication that tennis is slowly moving towards hawk-eye.
Although it takes time, it gives precision and every player will eventually learn to accept the verdict given by the hawk-eye. If it becomes a success at the Australian Open 2021, the day is not far when it will become relevant even on the clay surfaces.