Until the epilogue of the last century, it was almost impossible for a tennis player's career to extend beyond 35 years. Legends of the caliber of Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander retired when they were still relatively young, also thanks to a series of physical problems that had affected their competitiveness at the highest levels.
Returning to current events, the Big 3 of men's tennis have had the ability not only to stay in shape even after the age of 30, but have even continued to win Grand Slams in series, passing on one lesson after another to the youngest.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal currently share a record of 20 Grand Slam titles each, with the Spaniard favored to reach 21 at the next Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic is pushing them to 18, fresh from yet another triumph at the Australian Open last February.
During a recent interview with Metro, the Manacor champion reiterated his enormous love for tennis. Unlike what many believed, the former ATP number 1 intends to stay on the circuit for some time yet. "For the moment I'm happy with what I'm showing on the court.
I'm still having fun and I hope to have the opportunity to remain competitive for the next two years," he added. Nadal didn't exactly shine in Monte Carlo last week. After getting through the first two rounds quite easily, Rafa gave up badly to a wild Andrey Rublev.
"Of course I won't play until I'm 45, that's for sure. I always try to do things in the best possible way to extend my career. As everyone knows, there will come a day when I will have to say enough. I just want to say that the future cannot be predicted, unexpected events are always around the corner," he said.
The Majorcan will try to redeem himself in Barcelona, where he has already triumphed 11 times.
OFFICIAL: Roland Garros 2021 postponed by a week!
The news was in the air, but now it's official: the Roland Garros in Paris, initially scheduled to start next May 17th, will slip by a week instead, so it will be held from May 24th (with the start of the billboard qualification) as of June 13, 2021.
The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has in fact worsened in recent hours, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to proclaim a third national lockdown last Saturday. The press release published on the Roland Garros website reads: "In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Roland Garros.
a week long, with the tournament taking place now from May 24th to June 13th. In his last speech on March 31, the President announced that a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation, will be established from mid-May.
Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant government departments on possible scenarios for the organization of Roland Garros, while taking into account the international sporting calendar.
In this context, it seemed that the best solution was to postpone the tournament by a week. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by those of the main draw, from 30th May to 13th June ”.
The decision to move the competition by seven days also means that there will be only two weeks before the start of the Wimbledon tournament, canceled in 2020, which starts on June 18. The knock-on effects on the rest of the ATP and WTA calendar of the year are inevitable, especially for the first events on grass which now see themselves threatened by the dangerous expansion of the season on clay.