Stefanos Tsitsipas news: Greek gives his verdict on the future of tennis

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has predicted what he thinks the future of tennis will look like, including what the rivalries will look like once the Big Three – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – hang up their rackets.

The Greek is part of the next generation of tennis, alongside players such as Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev, who are expected to overtake the dominance of the big three.

Tsitsipas hasn’t won a Grand Slam yet, however he has made it to the final of a major tournament and has beaten Nadal, Djokovic and Federer twice each already, but the 2018 ATP Finals champion thinks there won’t be another big three and believes Grand Slams will be split between more players, therefore opening up the playing field.

Speaking ahead of the Rotterdam Open this week, the French Open finalist said: “How do I see the future of tennis? I didn’t know I am a prophet.

“I see the future of tennis having a top six or a top eight, top eight guys competing for Grand Slam titles.”

Even though the 2022 season is young, even more players have put their hat in the ring to challenge for major competitions in the future including Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime who helped Canada win the ATP Cup, 20-year-old Jannik Sinner who made it to the Australian Open quarter finals and the 2021 Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz.

As well as the fresh up and coming talent shaking up the sport, there is also a Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ type documentary in the pipeline focussing on tennis players and the Greek star was one of the first players to sign up to allow camera crews to follow him around.

Tsitsipas believes this will attract a new audience to tennis as he explained: “I see a lot of hype and evolutions in sense of concept and rebrand of our sport.”

As well as looking ahead to the future, the three time Australian Open semi finalist took aim at his competitors who are only comfortable playing on one surface when speaking ahead of the ATP 500 Rotterdam tournament.

He said: “I think I’m able to play on all surfaces.

“I don’t want to be the one that can play good only on one surface.

“I’m capable of playing equally well on all of them and produce points on all surfaces ATP offers during the season.”

The Rotterdam Open got underway today but Tsitsipas plays his opening round on January 8 where he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.