The Miami Open was the first Masters 1000 since 2004 not to have been able to count on the presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Big 3 - for different reasons - have in fact given up the prestigious Florida tournament.
The Swiss phenomenon recently returned to the field in Doha after more than a year of hiatus, so he didn't feel like squeezing his body too much and opted for a further training block. The Spaniard, on the other hand, has suffered from a back problem since the beginning of the season, which should not prevent him from competing in the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 next week.
Nole, for his part, had initially confirmed his presence at the Hard Rock Stadium, only to then announce the forfeit on the grounds that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Aware of the great chance at their disposal, the most accredited Next Gens melted like snow in the sun in Miami.
The victory went to the revelation Hubert Hurkacz, who ruled the rising star Jannik Sinner in the final. In an exclusive interview with Tennis365, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri explained how tennis is in desperate need of renewal to avoid a huge drop in interest once the Big 3 retire.
Nick Bollettieri on the future of tennis
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were all absent from the Miami Open tournament that was won by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, with Bollettieri suggesting a lot of tennis fans didn’t watch a tournament that lacked star quality.
“Let’s not use the word problem to describe the moment that is coming our way in tennis,” Nick Bollettieri, speaking to us as a brand ambassador for Slinger Bag. “I don’t like the word problem.
Every problem has a solution and I have followed that rule all my life, but let’s just say it is going to be very different for tennis. It’s tough to replace those great players. A lot of people didn’t even watch Miami and that’s something tennis has to deal with.
It’s a issue for tennis, for sure. It’s also a issue for the other players in the game as they have this attitude about the top guys, but the game has to move on”. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic unquestionably reign an era of tennis excellency.
Also, it is only from far away that any player can match their contribution to the sport. However, weighing the three among each other has become a strenuous job with no plausible result.