Brad Gilbert: "Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are doing something crazy"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 6847
The well-known former tennis player Brad Gilbert, author of one of the most famous tennis manuals Winning Ugly, recently gave his opinion on the three big names in world tennis, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, stating that they don't care who is the best, because every fan has their own preferences.
He told: "I don't care who is the best, every fan has their opinion, the incredible thing is that these three players competed at the same time, it's hard to believe what Rafa is still capable of and Novak, they continue to win most of the Grand Slams, it's crazy." What struck Gilbert most is the fact that these three tennis players competed at the same time, achieving extraordinary feats.
It's hard to believe how Rafa and Novak are still able to win most Grand Slams, despite their age and many years of hard work on the court. Although Djokovic is still banned from participating in some events and Nadal has not yet specified how many years he has left, the two tennis players continue to maintain a very high level of play, leaving little room for the emergence of new talents.
Young talents are slowly entering, such as Carlos Alcaraz, but in order to achieve their results they will have to demonstrate not only an excellent tennis level on the court but also a lot of consistency over time. Gilbert also stressed that the day Nadal and Djokovic also retire, an in-depth analysis will be needed to understand their impact on tennis fans and young tennis players aspiring to become champions.
Either way, the legacy of these three great tennis players will be hard to match.
Is the future of tennis in danger?
The future of tennis seems to be in the spotlight lately, but Gilbert, expressed his opinion on the subject: "I don't worry, tennis always survives." According to him, also thanks to the new generations of players that are emerging and the innovative formats that are about to be introduced.
In addition, the Netflix documentary on the lives of some of the greatest tennis players in history, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, has helped keep the attention of tennis fans. Gilbert also highlighted the fact that tennis has been led by legendary players over the years, such as the Williams sisters, who have made the history of women's tennis, not just American: "This season will be interesting with the second part of the Netflix documentary, as well as new formats and materials currently in the works.
Tennis has several legendary stars and they all shared the same era, then there are the Williams sisters who also made history." Of course, we don't know how long Nadal and Djokovic will stay in the game, but their presence has certainly helped to keep the level of play at a very high level.
However, there are numerous emerging young stars who could take their place in the future, bringing freshness and new challenges to the world of tennis: "Nobody knows how much time is left for Nadal and Djokovic, or who will take over the stars, but tennis is always been driven by legendary players.
It's good news that we have a number of young players right now, we hope the fans will turn to these new stars." In any case, the future of tennis seems secure and the fans will be able to enjoy great matches and increasingly exciting challenges.