What would be the legacy of each of the Big3

RaulRamirez

Legend
A combination of things. They each have foundations that do good work. They have their achievements, how they went about it, a million memories, their words and also their families. I think all of this is part of their legacies.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
A combination of things. They each have foundations that do good work. They have their achievements, how they went about it, a million memories, their words and also their families. I think all of this is part of their legacies.
But Rafa also has a huge foundation, including a school in India.
 

itrium84

Hall of Fame
RNA is growing and gaining more and more (deserved) prestige. If Rafa takes active role in academy development after his pro retirement, it will probably become top3 in the world, generating top10 players and GS champions.
 

TripleATeam

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic's (in terms of the game) will be the few young players he's bankrolling and teaching from time to time (like little Mihailo).

In terms of life, probably his humanitarian work. The schools he's had built will be remembered by those that studied in them for a long time to come.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Unless Rafa becomes a full time instructor in retirement and has numerous students go on to win majors, I don't see how the academy will be his legacy.
 
Every one of them has foundation, tennis clubs, tennis academies. Their legacies will be what they did on the court, the Slam titles, the weeks at #1 , the YE #1 finishes, the number of Masters, the number of YECs, the NCYGS, off the court stuff isn't so important for their legacies.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic: Titles, almost killed a lines person

Federer: Elegance, arrogance, choking

Nadal: Good person, first and foremost
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Nadal's academy is the best thing to come out since sliced bread

I've seen so many videos from literally anyone who visits it as a tourist or lives there and it's so SLICK, not just the museum but it's a place that you can actually go and chill + learn tennis, aesthetically it looks wicked

I'm surprised Federer hasn't opened up an academy I took him as someone who would do that sort of thing, easily got the money + resources and would bring in tons of exposure but he likes the apparel/clothing side of things more. I would've thought that'd be Rafa LOL
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Federer- effortlessness and domination.
Nadal- epicness and mythicality
Djokovic- being clutch in pressure situations
 
Roger: Overhyped mental Borrower, plunged into journeyman-dom by his own lack of tennis ability.
Nole: The best, and therefore only, way to play tennis.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Every one of them has foundation, tennis clubs, tennis academies. Their legacies will be what they did on the court, the Slam titles, the weeks at #1 , the YE #1 finishes, the number of Masters, the number of YECs, the NCYGS, off the court stuff isn't so important for their legacies.
According to you. Billie-Jean King is known far more for what she’s done off the court.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Every one of them has foundation, tennis clubs, tennis academies. Their legacies will be what they did on the court, the Slam titles, the weeks at #1 , the YE #1 finishes, the number of Masters, the number of YECs, the NCYGS, off the court stuff isn't so important for their legacies.
Fed has no tennis club, no academy.
 
Fed has no tennis club, no academy.
Like it's a problem for Fed to open a tennis academy in no time with just one click of his fingers.

Plenty of tennis academies out there. Thousands and thousands of them throughout the world. Nadal's academy is known because of his results on the court, it's not the other way around. ;)
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Like it's a problem for Fed to open a tennis academy in no time with just one click of his fingers.

Plenty of tennis academies out there. Thousands and thousands of them throughout the world. Nadal's academy is known because of his results on the court, it's not the other way around. ;)
Fed has none of these "plenty of tennis academies out there."
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Unless Rafa becomes a full time instructor in retirement and has numerous students go on to win majors, I don't see how the academy will be his legacy.
It's literally his academy (several of them now) that he founded. Do you think LeBron James' school isn't part of his legacy because he isn't in there teaching math?
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
Leave aside the issue of whether an academy is really the greatest legacy of a player like Nadal. But other than his name what is his role in the academy? Does he personally train anyone?
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
He's very insistent that it is




But that's not the point. I'm not arguing that LeBron's legacy is the school, the point is, he gets credit for the school like Rafa gets credit for the academy.
Well OP asked about what their lasting legacy into the future would be. And I think we all know it's silly to think a school would be for any athlete at their level with their names in so many recordbooks.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Good thread topic.

Sadly I don't think their legacies will be sustainable because people under 30 generally have an attention span measured in nanoseconds. It's not a criticism, it's unavoidable since they were all raised with cell phones, Internet and the instant gratification that goes along with that. So nowadays, it's out of sight, out of mind. We see that on TTW continuously with people trash Borg, Mac, Lendl, Becker, etc. because they never saw them play and are too lazy to bother with the past, so those guys are immaterial. I think after the Big Three retire, they will fade from people's consciousness very quickly because there "irrelevant" in the here and now. Once someone like Tsistipas or Zverev start winning multiple slams, the big three will be regarded as "mugs" or simply pushed out of the conversation.

Only serious tennis fans will care about their individual legacies, just as few care about the legacies of former greats like Rosewall, Connors or even Laver. Someone will come along in a few years and win 2 French Open's, then many people will idiotically claim, "oh, he could beat Rafa with a blindfold! He's so much better on clay than Nadal!" -- never realizing the insanity of the claim. Presentism rules.
 
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clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Leave aside the issue of whether an academy is really the greatest legacy of a player like Nadal. But other than his name what is his role in the academy? Does he personally train anyone?
The ethos is all about Nadal.


“I always work with one goal; to improve as a player and as a person”. This quote from Rafa Nadal reflects the DNA of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar which, thanks to the combination of a demanding tennis coaching plan and an American academic system, educates its young players in the values, virtues and aptitudes that Rafa himself adheres to.
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
The ethos is all about Nadal.


“I always work with one goal; to improve as a player and as a person”. This quote from Rafa Nadal reflects the DNA of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar which, thanks to the combination of a demanding tennis coaching plan and an American academic system, educates its young players in the values, virtues and aptitudes that Rafa himself adheres to.
Rafa is a member of the board of directors of his academy:

He doesn't train anyone, but students practice with him sometimes.
Hmm… I get Nadal’s name is there and he participates in the overall direction. But he’s not training anyone like, say, Bolletieri did. Someone like Bolletieri can rightly say his academy is his greatest legacy. Among other reasons because he trained many champions.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Hmm… I get Nadal’s name is there and he participates in the overall direction. But he’s not training anyone like, say, Bolletieri did. Someone like Bolletieri can rightly say his academy is his greatest legacy. Among other reasons because he trained many champions.
But Bolletieri does not own the academy, it only bears his name! He sold the academy already 9 years after founding it.

Wikipedia: ¤¤ In 1978, Bollettieri opened the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) near Bradenton....
Seeing a template for other sports, International Management Group (IMG) bought the academy from Bollettieri in 1987, but Bollettieri continues to manage and play a pivotal role in the development of the tennis academy and ancillary programs. Bollettieri currently coaches top-tier players at the academy, and spends most of his life in Bradenton, Florida. ¤¤
 
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