For more than a decade, Spanish players had dominated the men’s tennis as there were several Spanish names competing in the top 10. However, this year for the first time since 1999, no Spanish players featured in the ATP Finals and the only representation for the country came in the doubles by Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.
The likes of David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, and Rafael Nadal had been regular top competitors in the past several years. But this year only Nadal had a chance to manage a birth into the tour finals but he too decided to call his season off early with injury.
However, the 14 time Grand Slam winner is not getting any younger and at 30 years of age, you can only expect him to carry on so much. Addressing the fading away of Spanish player, Lopez believes that the golden age of Spanish players may be coming to an end but he is optimistic of the future.
"It's something that we have to accept, our tennis is not going to be successful forever," Lopez said. "Of course we were a bit spoiled. People in our country think we are going to be there forever and we will win everything.
It was the same with soccer and basketball, we were winning in nearly every sport. But that's not normal. "We will still have great players but it's impossible to have a generation like our generation. People should realise how difficult it is to stay there and achieve all we achieved.
We won the Davis Cup five times in 10 years. That's huge." Source: Reuters Also Read: Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem to play ATP Rio in 2017