“Tennis Will Be in a Very Tough Position”: Nick Kyrgios on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s Retirement

Published 09/26/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Team World’s Nick Kyrgios suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Stefanos Tsitsipas on the second day of the Laver Cup 2021. The Greek player thrashed him in straight sets in the presence of Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, who were watching the match from the stands. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-4.

In the post-match press conference, Kyrgios talked about the future scenario when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic will leave the sport. He believes that tennis will be in a very difficult position when such a thing will take place.

Roger Federer of Team Europe and Nick Kyrgios of Team World poses for photo during Day 2 of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 21, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images)

“I think for the sport it’s so crucial, because I think when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic will eventually leave the sport, they are human, they are old, I think tennis will be in a very tough position marketing-wise. I think fans, we will lose a lot of fans,” said Kyrgios in the press conference.

Kyrgios stated that the ‘Big Three’ are getting older day by day and one day they will have to bid goodbye to the sport. He even mentioned that tennis will lose a lot of fans after their departure.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already ended their 2021 tennis season

Even though Federer is enjoying live action at the Laver Cup 2021, he will not play any more matches in 2021. He is about to undergo a knee surgery soon and thus, decided to end his 2021 season with immediate effect.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their mens singles semi-final match. Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Similarly, Nadal announced that he would not be featuring in any more matches in the 2021 tennis season. He is currently recovering from a foot injury and thus, will not be playing until he becomes fully fit again.

On the other hand, Djokovic is likely to play at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Even though he lost at the US Open 2021 finals, fans still have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to end the year as World No.1 player?


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