Tennis must invest in the prospects that will replace its greatest generation

Tennis is currently graced by the greatest generation of players ever. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have made performing miraculous feats under enormous pressure seem routine. The decline of Federer is a painful reminder that they will not be here forever, and the thought of filling the enormous void that they will leave is a scary one. It is possible that we will never see their like again, but the sport must do all it can to ensure that the potential superstars of the future are given the opportunity to succeed. Murray has this week drawn attention to the fact that tennis is under-funding the tiers of the game beyond the elite-level ATP Tour. It is here that young players gather the experience that is essential to challenge those at the top of the game, and the lack of financial support is prematurely halting their development. With the riches flowing into the modern game, this cannot be allowed to continue.

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Tennis must invest in the prospects that will replace its greatest generation

Tennis is currently graced by the greatest generation of players ever. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have made performing miraculous feats under enormous pressure seem routine. The decline of Federer is a painful reminder that they will not be here forever, and the thought of filling the enormous void that they will leave is a scary one. It is possible that we will never see their like again, but the sport must do all it can to ensure that the potential superstars of the future are given the opportunity to succeed. Murray has this week drawn attention to the fact that tennis is under-funding the tiers of the game beyond the elite-level ATP Tour. It is here that young players gather the experience that is essential to challenge those at the top of the game, and the lack of financial support is prematurely halting their development. With the riches flowing into the modern game, this cannot be allowed to continue.

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