‘No player is more important than the sport, New champions will come!’ Rafael Nadal gives his verdict on the future of tennis after Big 3 domination ends

Recently crowned Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal recently spoke about the future of tennis after the Big 3 are gone.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam in a stunning manner. The Spaniard was down and out of the game for a long time and was making a comeback to professional tennis. He had very less hope about making it to the Australian Open let alone winning it due to a degenerative bone issue and testing positive for Covid-19.

However, he did come back to professional tennis and competed at the Australian Open. He competed so well that he defeated every opponent in his way and won his 2nd Australian Open title. The final too was fitting, matching up his life story and being a miraculous comeback win.

Nadal says tennis will continue to flourish even after the Big Three

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal

After Rafael Nadal’s sensational two-set comeback win against Daniil Medvedev to seal the Australian Open title, the Spaniard attended the customary photography session which have to be undergone by every champion of the tournament. After a hectic past couple of weeks of playing his heart out, the 34-year-old sat down in a relaxed mood to chat with AS and L’equipe.

At one point in the conversation, the Spaniard discussed the sport of tennis and its future after him and the Big 3. Replying to the question of how the sport would look without any of the Big 3, the Spaniard replied by saying that the nature of the sport is transient and that it would move forward even when the current crop has retired.

He continued that whether or not any of himself, Federer or Djokovic are playing, there will always be 4 Grand Slam champions, 9 ATP 1000 champions, and many other titles irrespective of the fact. He went on to add that the future of tennis is in safe hands looking at the current crop. Despite acknowledging the fact that the dominance of the three stalwarts would be difficult to replicate, he said that tennis will continue irrespective of that and would produce new champions.

“What has happened all my life, that tennis continues. There is no player that is more important than the sport itself. No player, not even on the women’s circuit, not Djokovic, not me, not anyone else, is more important than the sport itself. At the end of each year, there are four Grand Slam champions and nine Masters 1,000 champions and other tournaments. And that will continue to be the case whether we are there or not,” the Spaniard said.

“With which, tennis will be in good hands. It is evident, and this cannot be hidden, that these last 20 years we have lived a very special time. When one sees the numbers of the three of us, well, not only the number of victories, but the regularity so long over time makes it something very difficult to repeat and many circumstances have to be given, but tennis will continue and other champions will come,” said Nadal in his reply to the question.

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