Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal discuss how they want Next Gen to emulate them.
Novak Djokovic hopes that the next generation of young tennis players can follow in the footsteps of the big three off the court.
When it comes to tennis politics, Novak Djokovic hopes that the next generation of young tennis players will follow in the footsteps of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and himself. Federer and Nadal are also members of the ATP player council, while Djokovic established his own player’s union last year.
The world No. 1 has experience with tennis politics, having served as president of the ATP Player’s Council from 2016 to 2020.
Last summer, he resigned from his position to join the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association), a player’s union that intends to give lower-ranked players a larger portion of tournament income.
Federer and Nadal are also involved in tennis politics, as they are members of the player council, which represents the majority of the ATP tour’s players.
And Djokovic is hopeful that the next generation will be able to carry on the tradition.
During a Wimbledon press conference, he said, “I hope that we three and our generation will inspire future tennis players on and off the field.”
“We three were in the player council for a long time: Federer and Nadal are still there, and I was there for ten years.
“This demonstrates our intention to engage on issues that aren’t just about striking the tennis ball, but also about other aspects of our ecology off the court.
“It’s something I’d like to see from the next generation of men’s tennis leaders.”
The Serb picked out a couple of the younger players who he believes will carry on the big three’s legacy on and off the court.
“Zverev and Medvedev both exhibit that (to care for the sport outside of the court),” he continued.
“Tsitsipas is also a very intelligent, intriguing, and adaptable individual.
“When it comes to the future generation, I believe tennis is in good hands.”
Djokovic is preparing for the Wimbledon final on Sunday, where he has a chance to win a record-tying 20th Grand Slam, putting him alongside Federer and Nadal.
Matteo Berrettini, who will be playing in his maiden Grand Slam final, will be his opponent.