Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been the undisputed symbols of tennis for about a decade and a half, having posted an impressive 58 Grand Slam titles overall. For the first time since the 2004 edition of the Paris-Bercy tournament, a Masters 1000 was played without any of the Big 3 being present. The Miami Open had to collect a large number of forfeits due to restrictions and the twisted calendar. from the pandemic, leading even the organizers not to set up the Hard Rock Stadium this year. The prestigious event in Florida has therefore turned into a great opportunity for the Next Gen, as well as representing a taste of what the circuit will be after the withdrawal of the three sacred monsters. Interviewed by the official website of the ATP, Miami Open director James Blake expressed his opinion on the future of tennis and praised the great talent of some of the boys. Jannik Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz and Sebastian Korda are just some of the names that have stood out during these ten days.
Next-generation players have the opportunity to step up
James Blake stated, “It’s exciting because, on the men’s side, it’s been dominated for so long by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray. They’ve really dominated the sport for so long… Without any of them here, we’ve got the new kids that are arriving.” James noted the fact that Novak, Roger, and Rafa have been at the top for so long. He vouched for younger talents like Jannik Sinner and Sebastian Korda, who have been making headlines at the Miami Open 2021. The 41-year-old former American player added, “To see who’s going to step up and who’s going to make their mark. We’ve got some really young players like Sinner and Korda, that’s exciting and who’s going to be the one to take over that mantle that Roger and Rafa and Novak have held for so long.” However, things are different in Miami this season. Due to the effects of the coronavirus, officials decided not to accommodate many spectators, and the players have even had to live in a bubble. Given these adverse circumstances, it will be interesting to see who crosses the final hurdle between the two youngsters. In an interview, the tournament director of Miami Open James Blake talked about his highlight of the tournament. The former World No. 4 Blake heaped praise on Korda and was proud that four American players had reached the last sixteen.