‘Tennis has always created stars’ – ATP chief not worried about Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic retirements

Andrea Gaudenzi insists tennis has nothing to fear from the eventual retirements of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.

Tennis’ top trio have spearheaded the sport for over 15 years, amassing an incredible 57 Grand Slam singles titles among them in an unprecedented display of domination.

However, the youngest of the three, Djokovic, is now 33-years-old, meaning it is inevitable that a passing of the torch is coming and ATP chairman Gaudenzi, who is a former world number 18 himself, believes tennis will do what it has always done.

“I started playing tennis during the era of Pete Sampras and André Agassi,” Gaudenzi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Many people said that tennis would have not survived their retirement and it would have been very difficult to match between Sampras and Agassi.

“Their longevity is incredible though, and of course they will be missed whenever they decide to retire, but historic tournament like Wimbledon and Rome have maintained their tradition and are extremely popular events among fans.

“I think the game is a great product, so eventually tennis will create new stars.

“If you look back, the sport has always generated amazing rivalries.”

Is there one player in particular that Italian Gaudenzi is hopeful of leading tennis in the future? Perhaps predictably, there is.

“Jannik Sinner is a very talented player,” he said. “I think that he has a great future.”

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have 20 Grand Slam titles each, while Novak Djokovic is three behind with 17.

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