The conditions have become like that as the average height of the players has increased way too much. During my time, I was one of the tallest players but now someone of my height will be in the below-average category. The racquets have become very aero-dynamic and instead of changing the racquet , we have slowed down the surface. Also, the ball has been made a little heavier. So, now the game has become more power-centric instead of skill-centric. It is just like hockey where after the playing surface was changed from grass to astro-turf, the game became more dependent on power and stamina instead of skills. Tennis, too, has become increasingly a tall and powerful player’s game.
Roger Federer will check off another landmark on Monday when he starts his bid for a 10th Basel title by playing the 1,500th match of his career. The 38-year-old begins his bid for his 103rd title against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk.
Despite not adding to his tally of majors, he still stands at 47-8 for the year, a record bettered only by eternal rival Rafael Nadal, whose triumphs at Roland Garros and the US Open have taken the Spaniard to 19 Grand Slams. Federer made the final at Wimbledon in July where he had two match points before losing to Novak Djokovic in a five-set epic.
In an interview the CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation Janine Handel spoke about the upcoming Match for Africa 6 between the Swiss and Rafael Nadal that will take place on February 7 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Handel said: “This match in Cape Town means the world to Roger.
It is a real dream come true, playing in the country of his mother’s home and bringing high-class tennis to Africa. That was really his motivation. That’s why he picked Rafael Nadal, his lifetime rival but also friend, sharing the cause for helping the less privileged and empowering children.”
Roger Federer has announced he will compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men’s singles gold medal, the only major prize he has yet to win.
“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” he said at a promotional event in Tokyo on Monday.
“At the end of the day my heart decided to play the Olympic Games again.”
Moscow (AFP) – Daniil Medvedev, Russia’s number one tennis player, on Monday signed caps and tennis balls for fans in his native city of Moscow, hours after landing from China, where he won the Shanghai Masters Sunday.
After a period in the doldrums, Russian tennis is now infused with a new generation of young male players and Medvedev, 23, is leading the pack, now at a career-best of fourth in the world.