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.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The Serbian’s consistency and ability to play at the top level for the entire year stands him tall above the rest of the tennis world and many actually believe he is already well on the way to eclipsing Roger Federer’s record total of 18 Grand Slam titles. The world number one already has 11 under his belt and a French Open victory at Roland Garros would see him edge ever closer to the legendary Swiss star’s tally.