“I Don’t Think It’s So Tragic”: Boris Becker Disagrees With Rafael Nadal Over the Future of Tennis

Published 11/01/2021, 11:55 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: Rafael Nadal of Spain during pre-tournament player media conference ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)

Until now, only the fans were unsure about the future of tennis after the departure of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. But even the Spaniard has now revealed his doubts concerning the next ten years in tennis. However, contradicting Nadal, the retired German legend Boris Becker has shown trust in the next-generation players.


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First of all, Nadal expressed how tennis has transformed from prioritizing tactics and talent to a fast-paced sport. In addition, he explained that if the current scenario did not change, things might go downhill for the sport in the next decade.


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Boris Becker disagrees with Rafael Nadal over tennis’s future

To explain his point, Nadal drew parallels between what tennis was once and is now. Moreover, he is doubtful it is going in the right direction.

“In the past, talent and tactics were much more relevant than they are today. Tennis is faster and faster, and I’m not convinced it’s the right way,” Nadal began.

“If a solution is not found soon, there is a risk that tennis will become hostage to that single shot (the serve). I think the situation will get worse in the next ten years.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

About this, the six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker disagreed with Nadal in the debate for tennis’ future. However, he also relayed how important the Spaniard’s thoughts are for the sport.

“When Rafael Nadal speaks about tennis, we first have to shut up and listen,” Becker told Eurosport. “There is not much better than Nadal.

“But I can already see a variety, whether it is [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Alexander] Zverev, [Jannik] Sinner or [Carlos] Alcaraz. They’re all different players, so I can’t quite understand the argument that he’s worried.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: (R-L) Alexander Zverev of Germany, Dominic Thiem of Austria, Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Daniil Medvedev of Russia. Roger Federer of Switzerland, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose for a selfie on a boat on The River Thames during previews for the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Conclusively, Becker insisted that he doesn’t think “it’s so tragic” and reassured that he likes young players.

Nadal to return in Abu Dhabi in 2022

After great turmoil, Nadal has announced exciting news for tennis fans regarding his return. Notably, the Spaniard is looking forward to playing in Abu Dhabi as build-up for his Australian Open 2022 campaign.


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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

This year, the 23-year-old, Stefanos Tsitsipas had upset Nadal in the quarterfinals Down Under from two sets down. Let’s see if the Spaniard comes back 100% fit and ready to take on the next-generation players.

All in all, whether Nadal is right or Becker, only time will tell us. However, one thing is clear that the new generation players are lining up and rising to every challenge.


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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.