Former American tennis player Patrick McEnroe has acknowledhed that the game of tennis misses Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but insists the future of men’s tennis is looking “very bright.”
On Friday, McEnroe absolutely enjoyed watching the US Open third round clash between world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz.
Alcaraz, who turned 18 just a few months ago and recently won his maiden ATP title in Umag, stunned No. 3 seed Tsitsipas 6-3 4-6 7-6 (2) 0-6 7-6 (5).
“Yes we all miss Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but the future of men’s tennis is looking very VERY bright,” McEnroe tweeted.
The comparison between Nadal and Alcaraz has been a popular topic this season and the talk about Alcaraz being the new Nadal got even bigger after the 18-year-old’s shock win over Tsitsipas.
“All I have to say is Holy Alcaraz,” McEnroe tweeted.
“A star is born, Carlos Alcaraz.”
The absence of Nadal and Federer felt at the US Open
Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to capture a Calendar Grand Slam at the US Open, admitted that the US Open is affected by the absence of Nadal, Federer and defending champion Dominic Thiem.
Nadal called it a season to focus on recovering from a persistent foot injury, while Federer announced a third knee surgery.
Meanwhile, Thiem suffered a season-ending wrist surgery in June in Mallorca.
“Of course, the absence of Serena, Rafa, Roger, Dominic, of course, Venus, is affecting, no doubt about it,” Djokovic noted. “But we are here. I feel also the players who are here, along with me on the men’s side, deserve the credit. They’re the next generation.”
“We need to do more promotion of their own stories, their own brands. I know that people like to see the three of us on the men’s side, of course Serena, Williams sisters, Naomi, probably some big stars on the women’s side.”