‘Big three are the best players we’ve ever had, but tennis can thrive without them,’ says Andrea Gaudenzi

Andrea Gaudenzi says the big three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the best players of all time, but tennis will prosper without them.

Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer have amassed an astonishing 58 Grand Slam titles between them, and they don’t look like relinquishing their grasp on men’s tennis any time soon.

They are, however, all undeniably a lot closer to the end of their careers than they are the start, but Gaudenzi insists he is not concerned about life after the big three.

“I am not worried at all for our sport, if we do the right thing,’ Gaudenzi told Reuters.

“Not to take anything away from those three. They are probably the best players our sport has ever had and maybe will be for a very, very long time.”

“We were concerned after Pete Sampras retired. When Roger started winning right away we didn’t say: ‘Oh! This is the guy who’s going to save us.’ He grew into that.”

Gaudenzi believes that ultimately it is the product, not the players, that will lead tennis’ future, and he is confident they have a lot going for them in that regard.

“Tennis fits perfectly into the distribution of content nowadays, in terms of volumes, different time zones.

“It’s global, gender-neutral, we are the best sport in terms of equality for women.

“You could argue, yes it’s too long. But we can actually format it with short-form and long-form highlights.

“It’s the way we distribute it, package it, sell it, govern it… that’s where I see opportunity. That’s what we need to change.”

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