Former World No. 1 doubles player Daniel Nestor, of Canada, says that it would be difficult for older players like Roger Federer and Serena Williams when the tour resumes, during an interview with WION. The tennis tour has been shutdown since March and all tournaments till the end of July have been suspended as of now.
Daniel Nestor says it will be a major challenge for Roger Federer and Serena Williams when the tour resumes
Nestor, the winner of eight Grand Slam men's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, spoke about the impact of the current shutdown on the careers of Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
"I'm not really sure how it is going to affect their respective careers, but it is definitely going to be a major challenge for them once things get up and running. I think both of them will find it tough at the US Open if it is the first tournament after the hiatus.
Players, especially the older ones, need a few tournaments under their belt before the majors." "You would expect the younger guys to be better equipped, but I'm not sure if that will be the case. Tennis has become more physically demanding over the years and the fitness levels of players have improved, you would hence expect the younger and fitter athletes to dominate the sport, but that obviously hasn't happened.
I think the experienced players will be better prepared mentally, while the younger players will be in better physical shape, so it's going to be very interesting to see what happens when the sport resumes." Roger Federer and Serena Williams will both be chasing history when the tour resumes.
Federer currently leads the race for most Grand Slam titles in men's tennis with 20 majors (followed by Rafael Nadal with 19, and Novak Djokovic with 17) while Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of the all-time record of 24 majors won by Australia's Margaret Court.