The professionalism of today's tennis players is not comparable to that of the players, who played decades ago: as years have gone on, players are focusing even more on little details. It wasn't like this for everyone in the past.
The former Italian player Adriano Panatta, interviewed by La Verità, revealed an interesting anecdote about Bjorn Borg: 'He wasn't made of ice at all. He could drink two vodka bottles straightaway, be awake until the morning and then play like nothing happened.' Times were different in terms of prize money as well: the Australian Open singles draw winners this year earned $3.6 million, while Panatta, a former world no.
4, who won Rome and Roland Garros, won just $776,000 in his career. However, the Rome native has no regrets: 'I played at my time, I did what I had to and I called it a career when I couldn't give anything anymore. I am not the kind of person that thinks about how he could have been.' ALSO READ: Boris Becker: 'Djokovic can always call me, who knows what will happen'