Over the past decade the ATP tour has produced one of all-time greatest eras with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. I can’t remember a time where there has been so much dominance on the tour by four players. From 2005 to present the only players to have won a grand slam other than the ‘top four’ mentioned above are, Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014) and Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014 & French Open 2015). It’s been a tough journey for fellow ATP players during this time, nonetheless it will come to an end at some point.
I am predicting a new breed of grand slam winners over the next five years. They may not be the crowd favourite or a favourite in any respect but, they will be seasoned players with tremendous ball-striking ability. Tennis fans should prepare themselves for the turning of the guard because it is inevitable.
This week at Wimbledon there has been much talk about behaviour, attitude and respect. A place like the AELTC demands a certain ettiquette quite naturally. The top four have been a joy to watch but let’s not forget that they have also had to learn about the rules and processes of the sport and handling media. There is so much more to tennis than meets the eye. Let’s all be patient during this transition period and look forward to the new breed of grand slam champions.