When you think about the greatest players ever in tennis you think of those that have managed to lift the trophies at major tennis tournaments. The players that have gone on to represent their countries internationally, and those that we are used to seeing in the finals of competitions all over the World.
Tennis players are some of the most recognisable on the planet. Anyone with an interest in the sport will be aware of names such as Andy Murray and Serena Williams and what they look like. Unsurprisingly, recognise these players becomes much harder when they are wiping the sweat of their head with their towel. How many players can you recognise?
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 46 of the 53 majors available since the start of 2004, but their era of dominance is coming to an end. When Federer and Nadal met at the Rod Laver Arena in January to contest the Australian Open final, it felt like we had entered a time warp. These two had not faced one another in a final since 2008 and are unlikely to do so again. Federer is now 35 and well past his peak. Nadal recently turned 31 and has not won a major in three years. Djokovic and Murray have usurped them at the top of the men’s game, but they too look to be in decline since turning 30.
The world number one Andy Murray has been drawn to face either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Marius Copil in the opening match of the Madrid Masters campaign starting 7th May.
The 29-year-old, who finished as runner-up to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, will play a wildcard at the Madrid Masters 2017.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has confirmed that he is likely to skip the rest of the season due to a knee injury, therefore the Swiss international will not be a part of the Rio Olympics, which get underway early next month.