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Rafael Nadal

The future of men's tennis


Greg Rusedski on what Brad Drewett, the new executive chairman of the ATP Tour, has to do:

Start planning for life without Federer and Nadal
“He has to look at the branding of tennis, and think about what’s going to happen after Federer and Nadal go. Right now, we’re lucky to have this generation, with Djokovic and Murray as well. If Tsonga were to win a major, he would be able to hit in the zone. Federer and Nadal are two of the greatest players to have ever played the game. I think he needs to look at what needs to happen now so that we can sustain this when Federer and Nadal have retired.”
Get the players onside 
“He needs to have a global philosophy, to think of tennis as a business, and to get Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray onside. And the other players, too. The problem that tennis has, that golf doesn’t, is that golf players who make it to the top tend to be much more mature. They’re in their late twenties or thirties. Tennis players are in their teens or early twenties. They don’t mature until later, and getting an understanding from them, and their agents and parents, from a young age isn’t easy. It’s not an easy job trying to run men’s tennis.”
Sort out the balls (and, yes, the schedule)
“The change in balls from one tournament to the next has been causing injuries. There’s a very simple solution, which is not to have so many ball contracts. How much money does tennis actually make from having official ball suppliers? Come on, it’s can’t be that much. This can be solved with common sense. Maybe there should be an annual auction for the contract of being an official ball supplier for the whole year, for all tournaments. The two biggest issues for the players are balls and the schedule.”
  • Tom_moore29

    Agree with Greg’s comments, however hasn’t the ATP tour been using different balls for many years.