Dan Evans: Stefanos Tsitsipas is closest to being next guy who will take mantle



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Dan Evans: Stefanos Tsitsipas is closest to being next guy who will take mantle

World No. 26 Dan Evans believes Stefanos Tsitsipas is the closest player to becoming the next big star. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 4 in the world, was up by two sets in the French Open final but world No. 1 Novak Djokovic created a comeback to prevent the Greek from winning his maiden Grand Slam title.

"I’ve played Stefanos Tsitsipas a few times and in my opinion, he is closest to being the next guy who will take the mantle. If he came to the net a bit more that would be him complete," Evans told Sportsmail.

"His forehand and backhand are so good. Alex Zverev has got the attitude, he thinks he’s mustard and that’s a big thing. Those two are a bit ahead of the others, in my opinion."

Evans calls for some changes in British tennis

"The game is pretty simple.

In British tennis we over-complicate it," Evans explains. ‘The sport is not a science. The players need to hit a lot of tennis balls and get incredibly fit. That’s not something we are focusing on enough. "On the tour the players are working very hard, grinding, running.

I struggle with it when I hear around the LTA that it’s not a running sport. One of the fitness coaches there told me that — that’s remarkable to hear because trust me, I can tell you from playing at the highest level that it is.

"That needs to change if we want more decent players. It seems we are moving away from hard tennis work, with too much emphasis on weights, programmes, lifting, and unfortunately some fitness trainers are not sufficiently from a tennis background.

"You only need to look at the number of injuries our players are having. If you are injured that’s physical, not unlucky, most of the time. A lot of the time the physios are blamed but the proof is in the pudding — there are so many injuries in that place (the National Tennis Centre) it’s incredible. If you aren’t working properly, you will break down."