I’m pumped up to watch the ATP’s NextGen Finals this week featuring the top players in the world age 21 and under. What, it’s not being shown on Tennis Channel in the U.S., but I can pay an online streaming service to watch it?
Can I go online to watch that sexist strip show they called a draw party?
I read that the opening match was postponed because they were still putting together the temporary stadium in Milan?
What a shit show.
The ATP NextGen Finals is a brilliant idea that the WTA should immediately copy next year. The women’s tour more than anyone needs to get their next generation of stars out from. The ATP’s NextGen is a showcase for guys that are going to be Top 10 in a couple years. Or No. 1.
Don’t believe me? Alexander Zverev qualified for the event but pulled out because he also qualified for the big-boy year-end event — the ATP Finals featuring the Top 8 players in the world. The younger Zverev has No. 1 written all over his game.
Old 30-somethings Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka — they’ll be out of the game in 2-3 years. They’ll be retired or forced to retire with injuries, which almost all of them battled in 2017. Eventually bad knees or shoulders put you out for good.
So while I’m not watching the NextGen Finals this week — because it’s not being shown in the U.S. and I’m not paying tennis extortion fees to watch it online — I hope it’s on TV next year, ATP and Tennis Channel. Because even great ideas that are out of sight are also out of mind for tennis fans.
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