Boris Becker disagrees with Rafael Nadal’s notion that tennis fans should be worried about the future of the game.
Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, recently told Japanese sports magazine Number that he fears the big servers could start dominating the sport in the next decade.
“I think we need to think about the serve at some stage, because the players are getting bigger and bigger and the serve is getting faster and faster,” Nadal said, as quoted by Tennis Head.
“If someone doesn’t find a wise solution for serving, I’m worried that matches will be decided solely by serving. I think this problem will get worse within 10 years.”
Becker, who won six Grand Slam titles, says a player of Nadal’s standing has a right to voice his opinions but the German believes the future of the sport is bright.
“When Rafael Nadal speaks about tennis, we first have to shut up and listen,” Becker told Eurosport. “There is not much better than Nadal.
“But I can already see a variety – whether it is (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Daniil) Medvedev, (Alexande) Zverev, (Jannik) Sinner or (Carlos) Alcaraz.
“They’re all different players, so I can’t quite understand the argument that he’s worried. I don’t think it’s so tragic, I like the young players.”
Picture: Boris Becker-Twitter