Tennis - Judy Murray says that the women may take centrestage in tennis once the Big Three in the men's game, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal retire. Speaking in Portugal Murray, who is a former Fed Cup captain and has been a coach to Andy and Jamie Murray, says, "Maybe it’s the turn of women’s tennis to take the spotlight away from the guys after such a wonderful era in the men’s game.
The players at the top of the men’s game for the last decade and more have long been icons for our sport and wonderful ambassadors for tennis, but it has been hard for the female players to get enough of the spotlight while they are around.
Now we are entering a new era in the game and there is an opportunity for the WTA players to take centre stage. There have been a lot of good talking points in the women’s game at the moment and they are all young players making the headlines."
Murray will be in Shenzhen for the WTA Finals and says that the rise of youngsters such as Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff, has made women's tennis quite interesting. "I am off to the WTA Finals in Shenzhen and the line-up has some wonderful new stars who have emerged in the last 12 months, with Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andrescu wonderful new players who have the potential to be at the top of the game for a long time.
I’m looking forward to seeing Andrescu. I have not seen her playing live yet and she is a player who excites me with the range in her game and it does feel like a new era now with Serena and Venus Williams getting towards the end of their careers.
I was in Linz a few weeks back to see Coco win her first WTA title and it was an incredible moment. To see a 15-year-old playing at that level and showing that much composure under pressure was just remarkable."