Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been the great rulers of the men’s circuit over the past decade and a half. Suffice it to say that the Big 3 have put a total of 60 Slams on the board, as well as having rewritten almost all possible and imaginable records. Although in a different way, there is no doubt that the three sacred monsters are going through the last phase of their careers. King Roger played just 13 official matches in 2021 and has just undergone three operations on his right knee. The hope is to see the 40-year-old from Basel again next year at least for a final catwalk. Nadal was also held back by physical problems this season, which ended after the Washington tournament due to relentless pain in his foot. Djokovic is by far the fittest of the Big 3, having just missed the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ in this memorable 2021. After winning the first three majors of the season, the world number 1 surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the US final. Open. In a recent interview with ‘RTS’, Roland Garros director Guy Forget expressed some interesting thoughts on the future of men’s tennis.
Guy Forget on the Big 3
Guy Forget believes tennis will take a hit after the departures of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but hopes big-ticket events like Wimbledon and the French Open will continue to be attractive destinations for fans. “We grew up with Borg, McEnroe and Connors,” Forget said on Swiss Radio Television. “It was monumental what these players brought to the game, to tennis. In France, we had nearly 2 million licensees. Tennis exploded during this time. And then after we were like, ‘what’s going to happen when these boys stop playing?’ And then after them, we had Agassi, Sampras and then a little drop.” The Frenchman reckons there will be a “bottoming out” following the Big 3’s retirement, but is confident that the biggest tournaments will continue to draw talented players and fan support. “And then Roger (Federer) arrived, then Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic). And we say to ourselves: ‘better than that, it is not possible’,” he added. “I believe that there, the big tournaments like Wimbledon and Roland Garros, are unmissable events that will continue to thrill young players,” Forget continued. “So there will be a little bottoming out when Roger, Rafa and Novak stop, but I’m hopeful that people will continue to line up in throngs in front of the Porte d’Auteuil (Paris Metro station connecting fans to Roland Garros) or Wimbledon.”