There is a changing of the guards happening in both the ATP and WTA circuits. Djokovic is seemingly still at the top of his Tennis game, but he will surely be on his way out in the coming years, giving way to the next generation of stars. The Williams sisters and countless other WTA greats have exited stage left as well.
One should beg to wonder, however, will we ever see such an era of tennis again? Will we ever see such dominance on the women’s side like we witnessed during the Williams sisters’ careers?
I think it’s only a matter of time. Youth tennis programs are stronger than ever before, and sport specialization is happening at a progressively younger age.
The Big Four
It is also fair to question if one will ever witness such an era of men’s tennis that we witnessed in the 21st century. A group called “The Big Four” dominated seemingly every tournament; those players being Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
Murray has undergone a series of injuries and hip replacement surgery. He has been far from his dominant form in recent years. It is a grueling schedule that the ATP projects onto players, holding tournaments nearly every week of the year. Nadal in recent years has experienced some success at Major tournaments but has also had issues with injuries, preventing him from playing anything close to a full schedule.
Another interesting fact about tennis is that both the men’s and women’s circuits are equally entertaining. This is a unique factor about tennis that bodes well for its success in the future, as the future of sports holds both men and women.
There are countless matches daily taking place all over the world, causing matches to take place at almost any hour of day. The around the clock nature, abundance of data from matches, and gender flexibility should appeal to bettors and avid sports fans alike.
Spectacle tennis events can truly create some special moments of raw emotion and energy. I had the opportunity to attend both the Miami Open and the Delray Beach Open in 2022. I can attest to such an atmosphere, and there’s no better feeling than seeing a bet cash in person.
Tennis has a plethora of health benefits. The sport emphasizes fitness, strategic thinking, self-confidence, and can be picked up at any age. Studies have in fact shown that tennis can improve life expectancy by up to 9.7 years.
With public courts established all over the United States, long gone are the days that tennis is secluded to country clubs. Spring is just around the corner and with temperatures rising, it’s the perfect opportunity to give the sport a shot yourself. You don’t have much of an excuse not to pick up a racquet.