The Big Three have damaged “boring” men's tennis because of their dominance and the next generation is set up for failure. That is the claim of for
The Big Three have damaged “boring” men’s tennis because of their dominance and the next generation is set up for failure. That is the claim of former Aussie star Sam Groth on the eve of the Australian Open.
The first Grand Slam of the season has been given the go-ahead after the latest round of COVID-19 testing.
Roger Federer is absent so Rafael Nadal will be bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam title to take sole ownership of the male record while world No 1 Novak Djokovic is seeking his ninth Australian Open title.
The three sporting superstars have ruled the sport for the last decade and won 57 Grand Slam titles between them.
But in his column in the Herald Sun, Groth claimed: “They say you can never have too much of a good thing, but when it comes to men’s tennis, I fear they’re wrong.
“The top players – and by that I mean Djokovic, Nadal and Federer – have gone to insane levels, probably beyond what anyone ever thought possible.
“But have we reached the point that men’s tennis has become stale because of their dominance.
“The storylines are boring. It took Djokovic being defaulted at the US Open to make it interesting, otherwise it was looking like just another tournament he was set to win. Watching the same thing happen over and over is stale.
“We haven’t had an Australian Open final without at least one of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal since 2005. Their names are pencilled into the final four every year. It’s boring.
“I am craving change. There is a generation of tennis fans that quite possibly haven’t seen anyone else win a Slam.