Well, no. That is an incredibly simplistic analysis that ignores a gamut of other variables.
I didn’t claim it was. I listed a number of factors, of which you addressed one. Partially. And incorrectly.
Your take on the situation simply does not jive with reality. Tournaments like Bercy and Madrid have openly come out and admitted that the top three players have essentially held them hostage on things like court surface and speed.
Federer fans love to moan about how there aren’t enough fast...
Yes. Personally I think Federer, Nadal and Djokovic came onto the scene at a time when they were playing a game suited for the changing conditions and their seniors weren't, allowing them to take advantage of a transitional period and dominate from an earlier age.
They then influenced further...
It really just comes down to the game having changed. Athletically tennis is far more of an endurance sport than it used to be, and male endurance athletes tend to peak in their early- to mid-30s. Longer points also favour consistency over speed and raw power - again, advantage to the older/more...
It's sad that people have become so conditioned to huge topspin on the pro tour that when a guy comes along hitting flat strokes they think it looks "rec level".
It would be nice to bring back a variety of surfaces, where all types of game can prosper.
I would not quite say that. But what you accomplished at junior level is less important than how you accomplished it.
Or to put it another way - there are lot of successful juniors who don't cut it as top pros, but there are very few top pros who weren't successful juniors.
This doesn't require a poll. All bookies have:
-yet more daylight-
I can see Nadz and Federer getting boned early, so if someone can do the needful with Djokovic we may actually have a pretty...
I can't speak for the US, but in Australia tournament play is just generally in decline.
Me, I play my local club's Men's Premier competition on Tuesdays and then might reserve one or two other nights a week for mixed doubles. It's nice - I go to the same place every week, I have flexibility on...
Whilst you have to take what people do before the racquet toss with a grain of salt, I don't think I've ever had a match with a stranger where I haven't gleaned at least one or two useful things from the warm-up. If someone doesn't appear to bend their knees well to low balls, or shanks a bunch...
"Force your opponent to play an upwards volley" really means "play a shot that drops below the netcord quickly".
My coach once ran a drill where he set up a second net a metre or so into the opposing service box. We were required to drop as many balls as possible between the two nets (using...