Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic ‘will still be on top’ after lockdown, says French Open chief

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

French Open tournament director Guy Forget says there is little reason not to expect Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer to continue their dominance after the coronavirus lockdown.

The trio have dominated tennis for 15 years, but some have suggested that the break may be more difficult on them than younger players, and it could prompt a change in momentum in men’s tennis.

Forget, though, has dismissed those suggestions, and he believes it may actually work in their favour.

“I’m pretty confident some tournaments will happen before Roland-Garros and I think that’s for the good of the game and the good of the players,” Forget said.

“When the Tour starts again, I think the players with more experience will still be on top. When you’re a younger player, you need to put those four, five hours a day and to get some of the rhythm matches.

“I think that Roger Federer, Nadal or Djokovic with little less practice, they can rely on their experience and they can still be there on the big moments.

“I think they’ve been so good last year and the first part of the season. Novak has been unbelievable.

“Roger is just playing – when he’s fit – I mean, his best tennis and Rafa, he seems like he’s a junior walking out on every court anywhere in the world like, you know, he’s so happy to be here.”

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