Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have been the most successful trio in Men’s tennis history. These 3 great players have collectively won 56 Grand Slam titles and 97 Masters 1000 trophies. Never before have 3 players dominated a tennis era that these legends have done. However with Federer now nearing 39 years of age, Rafa and Novak also 33 and 32 respectively they are all in the latter stages of their great careers. We analyze how tennis will be impacted after these 3 greats are not a part of the ATP tour.
The Loss of Superstars: Tennis
Roger Federer has been the most popular male tennis star in modern times; Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not far behind. All 3 greats make the crowd go crazy by their unbelievable shots on the court. They have managed to raise the popularity of tennis by astronomical levels. Roger Federer has been the Knight of Wimbledon in the last 15 years. Moreover, Rafael Nadal will forever be regarded as the undisputed King of Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic has managed to dominate the Australian Open like no other male tennis player in history.
All these records, achievements, and stats have made the Big 3 as the three best players ever in Men’s tennis. Yet their popularity and charisma go beyond stats, numbers, and records. The artistic poetry of Roger Federer’s game, the warrior-like spirit of Rafael Nadal, and that machine-like consistency of Novak Djokovic have been unparalleled in tennis. These legends continue to dominate the tour and hold top singles rankings even in their 30s. Their retirement will certainly leave a void in the game that will be near impossible to fill.
Rise Of The Next-Gen
The show must go on in every sport even as its brightest stars may call it a day. After Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic bid adieu to their beloved game, a new generation of stars is set to emerge on the scene. The last few years have seen the rise of many talented youngsters who are now claiming big titles. Most famous among these are Dominic Thiem of Austria, Daniil Medvedev of Russia, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece add Alexander Zverev of Germany. All of them have won many important titles and beaten the Big 3 many times.
Moreover, there are many other talented players on the tour like Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, and Jannik Sinner. Tennis thus looks to be full of many talented stars. Even after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic decide to call it a day. Will these talented youngsters achieve the same status or attract the same attention is something that remains to be seen. Also, they will have to produce many performances of a lifetime to be even considered as worthy successors of the 3 great legends.
Even the ATP authorities are worried about the loss of popularity of tennis after the end of big three’s careers. They have been the face of Men’s tennis for so many years. So, it will be near impossible to fade from public memory easily. Therefore, the new players will surely have a tough time to even come close to that status among the fans.