Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not walk away from tennis when their playing careers end, according to the latter’s coach.
Federer and Nadal currently share the record for the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles with 20-a-piece, although both are now nearing the end of their respective careers.
However, Ivan Ljubicic, who has coached Federer for years, does not believe tennis will have seen the end of them, even after they hang up their rackets.
“Replacing Federer and Nadal will be difficult,” Ljubicic told Tennis Magazine Italia.
“But I don’t think tennis is in danger as a sport: it was also thought after [Bjorn] Borg and [John] McEnroe, or after [Andre] Agassi and [Pete] Sampras,” he
“Perhaps, in the short term, those who win after them will not have the same appeal, the same charisma. But maybe they will buy it over time.
“But there is one thing that consoles me: That they are both in love with tennis.
“When they stop playing, Roger and Rafa will not disappear. There are other number ones that, once stopped, no one has seen them again. Roger and Rafa no, they will stay.”
Lubjicic, though, believes it may be unlikely either of them will go into full-time coaching.
“Nadal already has his own academy. Roger has his agency, and then he created the Laver Cup.
“After that I don’t know, I can’t know how things will go. In my opinion, they won’t be doing one thing full time.”
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