‘ATP will massively suffer’ if they don’t prepare for life after big three, says Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli believes the ATP are not prepared for the post-big three era, and they need to spend more on promoting the younger players.

Tennis fans have had a small glimpse of what the sport will look like when Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer retire of late.

Federer has been largely absent for well over a year now with a knee injury, while both Nadal and Djokovic stepped back from the tour after the Australian Open for some rest.

In their absence, Hubert Hurkacz stepped up to win the Miami Masters, but former Wimbledon champion Bartoli has questioned just how much casual tennis fans knew about it.

“I don’t think it is a good idea to say, ‘Oh, we will never be able to replace Roger and Rafa,” Bartoli told Tennis Majors.

“Therefore, we cannot put any energy into promoting those kinds of players, which will head to we don’t know what to do.

“Because at the end of the day, if it is happening, then the ATP is going to massively suffer about finding some sponsors and putting tournaments together for the ATP Tour for players in the next five years.

“If you go out into the streets and ask who won the (2021) Miami Open, even in Miami, I don’t think a lot of people would be able to answer that question unless you are a tennis fanatic.”

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