Andrey Rublev believes that the future of tennis looks promising, as the new players coming through are ‘different’ and have ‘charisma’.
Rublev, at 23 years old, is one of a number of young players who are making their mark on the ATP Tour and look to be real contenders for the big titles.
Rublev himself has had an outstanding 12 months, climbing from 102 ranking to the top eight and should be even higher, in third place, if it wasn’t for the temporary coronavirus ranking system.
The Russian won five titles in 2020 and has had a great start to 2021 helping Team Russia to win the ATP Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and winning the Rotterdam title.
Four other top 20 players in their early twenties – Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Ttitsipas, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime have been making improvements but none have been able to make the impact they want despite the absense of the big three from recent events.
However, 19-year-old Jannik Sinner is turning heads, being only the fourth teenager to ever reach the final of the Miami Open.
While plaudits have also been given to upcoming teenager Lorenzo Musetti and 20-year-old Sebastian Korda, son for former Grand Slam Champion Petr, and Rublev believes the future of tennis is in good hands.
“I think the future of tennis is, it looks great because the generation is changing,” Rublev said.
“The NextGen players, they are different. I don’t know. They look different compare previous ones.
“I don’t know. I think they have charisma. I don’t know. We’ll see. But all of them, they have really great game. So we’ll see what’s gonna happen with the time. Time will show.”
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