Men’s tennis is ‘in good hands,’ says Novak Djokovic, who believes Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, and Stefanos Tsitsipas have big futures.
Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal, are still expected by most to be the most dominant forces in the sport in 2021, although tennis did have a new Grand Slam winner in Dominic Thiem last season.
Thiem and Daniil Medvedev are the two players who most consider to have climbed above the chasing back to challenge Djokovic and Nadal, but the world number one says there are plenty more behind them too.
“It’s great for the sport that we have new Grand Slam champions,” Djokovic said.
“We have new successful young players that are showing the courage and boldness, coming into the biggest stadiums in sport, willing to take on the biggest challenge in facing especially the three of us, fighting for the biggest title.
Referencing Tsitsipas, Zverev, Shapovalov, and Berrettini, he added: “There are a few of them that are very close.
“They have huge potential. Obviously there’s still a lot of time ahead of them.”
“You have a lot of players. I think the future of tennis is in good hands, without a doubt.”
For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.
Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?