Three-time US Open champion Tiger Woods is honoured as one of the greatest golfers of all time by one and all. He aced his 14th Grand Slam in 2008 and was preordained to cruise past Jack Nicklaus’ eighteen majors’ record and bag his 15th Slam.
However, the 15th majors’ victory came in 2019 after an 11-year dearth due to personal issues and injuries. Recently, the 44-year-old identified his struggles to be similar to those faced by Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams who quest to create history in their sport.
Former World No. 1 hails, Federer, Williams and Nadal for their consistency
Woods admitted that age is the most significant hurdle in achieving milestones.
“You know, I think it gets harder to win as we all age. I think that when you’re in your prime, in your peak years, you have to take advantage of those opportunities so that when you get to the all-time marks, you have the opportunity,” said Woods during the interaction at Winged Foot ahead of the second of three majors this year.
Soon to turn 39, Serena Williams has been seeking to cruise past Margaret Court‘s record with a 24th grand slam since 2017. However, with age taking a toll on her performances, her quest seems to remain unfulfilled as the American superstar has been losing out in her past four Grand Slam finals appearances. Also, she was crashed in the US Open 2020 semifinals, recently.
Meanwhile, 34-year-old Rafael Nadal, stands just a step behind Federer with 19 Grand Slams. His proneness to health issues has prompted the Spaniard to often pull out of major tournaments throughout his career. Nadal enlivens his quest to equal Swiss Maestro’s record of 20 Grand Slams in two weeks at Roland Garros.
Woods further exalted the consistency of leading tennis players Serena, Federer and Nadal. He hailed their stability as being the reason behind their astounding dominance in the sport, remarking on Nadal’s record twelve times wins at the French Open. “I think that whether it’s Rafa or Fed or Serena, they’ve been so consistent and so dominant for such a long period of time, that’s how you get to have those all-time marks,” said Woods who is aiming to win the US Open.
“Consistency over a long period of time is the hallmark of those records,” he added.