Many years in the distant future, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will pop into the BBC Studio for a chat during some down time in the second week of Wimbledon. Their hair thinner and greyer, the trio will chat happily with a hologram of Sue Barker, before popping off to Court 14 to play invitational doubles with John McEnroe's cryogenically frozen body. Somewhere in middle England, a child will ask their parents who this trio is. Well, the one in the middle is the greatest male tennis player of all time, will come the response. Somewhere else, the guy on the right will be identified as the GOAT, and in another house the man on the left... well, you get the idea. The point is that even when all of the 'Big Three' have hung up their rackets, there will likely be no definitive answer to the question of who is the greatest male tennis player of all time. We will know who has won the most grand slams, yes, but this is far from the … [Read more...] about Why tennis’s GOAT debate is about much more than just grand slams
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size In sports like tennis and golf, winning grand slams or majors is really what it’s all about. So are the best tennis players of all time simply the ones who have won the most grand slams? Let’s find out… 5. Rod Laver 4. Novak Djokovic After a tough 18 months, he came back well in the second half of 2018. Could rise up this table if he has the longevity of Federer. 3. Pete Sampras Only 28 days after his 19th birthday he beat Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi to win his first US Open. Was unstoppable at Wimbledon in the 90s, winning seven grand slams on the grass in total. 2. Rafael Nadal He has combined heavy top spin with a big heart to adapt a clay court game to win on all surfaces. His domination of Roger Federer up till 2015 (23-10) had him in serious consideration for greatest of all time. Federer’s 2017 put that to bed, and Nadal has lost his last five to the Swiss to … [Read more...] about Are the best tennis players those that have won the most grand slams?
Top 5 / Top 10 20 // 24 Jan 2019, 19:36 IST SHARE Hardcourt is said to be the most neutral surface in tennis, which means that it is the surface where a player’s true quality can be gauged. A genuine great will always perform well on hardcourts. They tend to balance out the extreme characteristics of grass and claycourts. They are not as fast as the grasscourts, neither are they as slow and tiresome as clay. Therefore, a player has to have a well-rounded game to excel on hardcourts.Two of the four Grand Slams in tennis, the Australian Open and the US Open, are played on hardcourts. The Australian Open used to be played on grass till 1987, but has been staged on hardcourts since then. Moreover, six of the nine prestigious ATP Masters tournaments are held on hardcourts. Almost every great tennis player has won major titles on hardcourts. Here, we take a look at the top 5 hardcourt players of all time:5. Jimmy ConnorsThe flamboyant Jimmy Connors … [Read more...] about 5 Greatest hardcourt players of all time
The shortlist for the end-of-season showpiece also includes the northern English city of Manchester and Italy's Turin, while the London deal, which runs until 2020, could be extended. The announcement of the candidates follows an extensive bid application process that began in August, in which more than 40 cities worldwide expressed an interest in hosting the event. The final phase will see the ATP visit the cities, with a decision on the successful candidate to be made not before March 2019. "The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at the O2 since 2009," said Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president. The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970 and have been staged in some of the major cities around the world, including New York, Sydney, and Shanghai. Its longest stay in a single venue was across 13 … [Read more...] about Tokyo, Singapore battle London to host ATP Finals
News 19 // 13 Dec 2018, 20:21 IST SHARE Rafael Nadal will return to Team Europe alongside great rival Roger Federer for the 2019 Laver Cup, captain Bjorn Borg has announced.Both players featured in the inaugural tournament in 2017, but 17-time grand slam champion Nadal was absent a year later as Federer and Novak Djokovic starred for Europe.Borg's side have won both previous competitions against John McEnroe's Team World and will now be able to call on a pair of superstars once again in Geneva next September."It doesn't get much better for a captain than naming both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the Laver Cup in Geneva," Borg said."Bringing together two of the greatest players, and rivals, the sport has ever seen on one team is very exciting for our sport – and will give us the best possible chance to win the Laver Cup three years in a row."When we first played Laver Cup in Prague [in 2017], with both Roger and Rafa on the team, we … [Read more...] about Nadal to join Federer at 2019 Laver Cup