In recent months, some famous personalities from the world of tennis have expressed their views on the new generation of athletes. In particular, Toni Nadal sent a clear message by exploiting the withdrawal of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
“With Tsonga, a style goes away that, I believe, will have completely disappeared in a few years. The tennis of the player who plays more with the heart than with technique and who tends to involve the public more than complete and perfect athletes.
Today there are only robots,” wrote Toni Nadal in an editorial. Jimmy Connors, former world number one and winner of 109 titles on the major circuit, has also drawn a harsh critique of modern tennis.
Jimmy Connors against modern tennis
The former US champion explained to the Advantage Connors podcast: “Tennis has become impoverished, for top players only the Grand Slams count.
The tennis player of the future will be different “It will be interesting to see where he ends up. He has changed a lot since my time, the way of playing has been revolutionized. I don’t know if the new youngsters will be able to hit the ball even harder.
The next great tennis player will be different, a sort of hybrid, he will show the power of current tennis but also an old school attitude to look like Roger Federer.” Connors finally spoke about the importance that Grand Slam tournaments have taken on.
Compared to the other events of the Tour: “In my day, every game counted. We played more and it was important to win against other great rivals. There were rivalries that ran all year round and even in smaller tournaments you could see great tennis, everyone gave their best.
Today the emphasis is only on the Grand Slam tournaments, the others are just a preparation. Many guys think they have already had a good season when they have reached a semifinal or Grand Slam final. This for me is an impoverishment.“
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