World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has predicted what he thinks the way forward for tennis will appear to be, together with what the rivalries will appear to be as soon as the Large Three – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – dangle up their rackets.
The Greek is a part of the following era of tennis, alongside gamers reminiscent of Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev, who’re anticipated to overhaul the dominance of the massive three.
Tsitsipas hasn’t gained a Grand Slam but, nonetheless he has made it to the ultimate of a serious event and has crushed Nadal, Djokovic and Federer twice every already, however the 2018 ATP Finals champion thinks there gained’t be one other massive three and believes Grand Slams shall be cut up between extra gamers, due to this fact opening up the enjoying discipline.
Talking forward of the Rotterdam Open this week, the French Open finalist mentioned: “How do I see the way forward for tennis? I didn’t know I’m a prophet.
“I see the way forward for tennis having a high six or a high eight, high eight guys competing for Grand Slam titles.”
Regardless that the 2022 season is younger, much more gamers have put their hat within the ring to problem for main competitions sooner or later together with Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime who helped Canada win the ATP Cup, 20-year-old Jannik Sinner who made it to the Australian Open quarter finals and the 2021 Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz.
In addition to the recent up and coming expertise shaking up the game, there may be additionally a Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ kind documentary within the pipeline focussing on tennis gamers and the Greek star was one of many first gamers to enroll to permit digital camera crews to observe him round.
Tsitsipas believes this may appeal to a brand new viewers to tennis as he defined: “I see a variety of hype and evolutions in sense of idea and rebrand of our sport.”
In addition to waiting for the long run, the three time Australian Open semi finalist took goal at his rivals who’re solely comfy enjoying on one floor when talking forward of the ATP 500 Rotterdam event.
He mentioned: “I believe I’m capable of play on all surfaces.
“I don’t need to be the one that may play good solely on one floor.
“I’m able to enjoying equally properly on all of them and produce factors on all surfaces ATP presents through the season.”
The Rotterdam Open received underway right this moment however Tsitsipas performs his opening spherical on January 8 the place he’ll face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.