Will the massive Slam Bloat keep tennis relevant forever?

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Or is it an unfortunate aberration?

Let's hope they haven't botched this one.
 

Devtennis01

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The second one. The unfortunate one. gonna take some time to repair all the damage but they’ll be plenty of coin stashed away to have made it temporarily worthwhile.
 
A NextGen will win a slam at some stage, and as he crashes to the floor the watching world will revel in the fact they have just witnessed 5% of what three blokes did in the space of 18 years.
 
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The second one. The unfortunate one. gonna take some time to repair all the damage but they’ll be plenty of coin stashed away to have made it temporarily worthwhile.
Odd in a way that they'll potentially be rewarded in the long run for their greed.
 

catskillthunder

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I think what we will get when Fed, Rafa and Djok retire is more competitive tennis across the board. It was always a foregone conclusion that Novak was going to win AO, Rafa to win RG, Fed to win WM and they fight it out for the USO. Now with Fed and Rafa seemingly on their last leg, its going to be at an all time boring because Novak is just going to win everything until he decides to hang up the racquet.
 
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I think what we will get when Fed, Rafa and Djok retire is more competitive tennis across the board. It was always a foregone conclusion that Novak was going to win AO, Rafa to win RG, Fed to win WM and they fight it out for the USO. Now with Fed and Rafa seemingly on their last leg, its going to be at an all time boring because Novak is just going to win everything until he decides to hang up the racquet.
Can't disagree about the return of parity.

Existing tennis fans will just have to recalibrate and accept comparative mediocrity.
 

Jonas78

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Can't disagree about the return of parity.

Existing tennis fans will just have to recalibrate and accept comparative mediocrity.
Yep. The question is how fans will respond to the fact that for the first time in history the older players had to step down instead of the younger stepping up. I guess most people dont care as long as someone is lifting the trophy. Not sure about myself though, hard to cheer for some NextGen i will always know was far inferior to Big3.
 
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Yep. The question is how fans will respond to the fact that for the first time in history the older players had to step down instead of the younger stepping up. I guess most people dont care as long as someone is lifting the trophy. Not sure about myself though, hard to cheer for some NextGen i will always know was far inferior to Big3.
Bolded raises a fascinating question:

Will the Tour's organizers be above a bit of P.T. Barnum sideshow-type stuff to grab a little attention? :unsure:
 

MichaelNadal

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I think what we will get when Fed, Rafa and Djok retire is more competitive tennis across the board. It was always a foregone conclusion that Novak was going to win AO, Rafa to win RG, Fed to win WM and they fight it out for the USO. Now with Fed and Rafa seemingly on their last leg, its going to be at an all time boring because Novak is just going to win everything until he decides to hang up the racquet.
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Jonas78

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Bolded raises a fascinating question:

Will the Tour's organizers be above a bit of P.T. Barnum sideshow-type stuff to grab a little attention? :unsure:
Lol. Hard to say, the tv ratings fell off a cliff at USO2020. I seriously cant see the current uncharismatic average non-big3 field attract the same attention, but what do i know? :). How will tennis interest in the US do without Big3 and Opelka the highest ranked at#33?

The best thing that could happen is either NextGen stepping up now, showing tennis quality wont drop considerably when Big3 retires. If not, it would be better if the NextNextGen takes over instead of NextGen in a few years.

Worst will be to watch finals with Humbert, Hurkacz, Berry, Zed, Tsits, Med etc for years to come, knowing that things were better in the old days.
 
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King No1e

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I think what we will get when Fed, Rafa and Djok retire is more competitive tennis across the board. It was always a foregone conclusion that Novak was going to win AO, Rafa to win RG, Fed to win WM and they fight it out for the USO. Now with Fed and Rafa seemingly on their last leg, its going to be at an all time boring because Novak is just going to win everything until he decides to hang up the racquet.
Rafa is not on his last legs. He got outplayed at RG, plain and simple.
 
Did you mean keep tennis irrelevant?

The trophy glut in favor of three players among the many others has not been healthy for the game.
Imagine the same two teams winning the Super Bowl every single year, year after year.
 

Lleytonstation

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Won't matter what the ATP does. We all know what tennis was before and we will remember what we witnessed. The future is not there.

ATP will decide to focus on new fans. This means drastic changes, as they know they won't be able to fool us.
 

BrooklynNY

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It's going to be awesome in 10 years time, when the new selling point of tennis is "These guys are much better players than the Big 3, way more athletic and complete. Big 3 couldn't compete with Joe Schmoe 2035, no way"
 
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Did you mean keep tennis irrelevant?

The trophy glut in favor of three players among the many others has not been healthy for the game.
Imagine the same two teams winning the Super Bowl every single year, year after year.
Fair statements.

They've engineered a real conundrum here. :)

And the craziest thing is that no one saw it coming! :sneaky:
 
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The sooner some NextGenner with some heart and consistency shows up and knocks them all off their perch, the better it is for tennis.
Well, the damage is done.

But yeah, will be a real treat to see someone seize the moment.
 

King No1e

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Well, the damage is done.

But yeah, will be a real treat to see someone seize the moment.
So far the only players I've seen with the technical/physical ability to do it are Sinner and Shapovalov, and the only one with the mentality to do it is maybe Medvedev. All these guys have at least one huge Achilles heel.
 

Goosehead

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actually looking forward to the post-big3 era..
no more tedious all consuming goat debate polluting every single tourney,
 
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actially looking forward to post big 3 era..
no more tedious all consuming goat debate polluting every single tourney,
Yeah, it's inevitable of course. Looking forward to putting this nonsense in the rearview myself.

But the big wigs still orchestrated it. They got 'er done. (y)

Is everything that comes after forever overshadowed?
 

RelentlessAttack

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They’re going to have to come up with some new narratives bc no one is going to catch the 30 slams and 14AOs and 10 Wimbledons that Nole finishes with
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Reckon this one will be fun to revisit. :sneaky:
I find this idea that no-one will beat Nole's records very odd.

I'd say it was much more likely than not. At some point someone with the talent of a Borg, a Sampras or the Big Three will emerge. And what are the odds that there will be two others in the way? Or that the game will have returned to big surface variation? Or that said player will skip numerous Slam opportunities and get bored at the age of 26?
 
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I find this idea that no-one will beat Nole's records very odd.

I'd say it was much more likely than not. At some point someone with the talent of a Borg, a Sampras or the Big Three will emerge. And what are the odds that there will be two others in the way? Or that the game will have returned to big surface variation? Or that said player will skip numerous Slam opportunities and get bored at the age of 26?
Take your points here.

Although I was mostly amused at the user's assertion that 30 Jams for Djokovic was going to be the driver for a new narrative. :)
 

FiddlerDog

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Slam count obsession is what has made tennis irrelevant. Gone are the personalities that fueled the tennis boom.
 
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Slam count obsession is what has made tennis irrelevant. Gone are the personalities that fueled the tennis boom.
Okay, so what would bring it relevance?

This is not going away any time soon:

 
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