Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chris Evert Does Not Think Big Four Domination is Boring for Men's Tennis

(June 18, 2013)--Speaking with reporters on an ESPN conference call, Chris Evert shot down the notion that men's tennis had become boring because of the dominance of its top stars. "There's nothing boring about greatness," Evert said. "Those top players, like John [McEnroe] said, are at a level by themselves. That will form rivalries. Hopefully there's one stirring up right now with Nadal/Djokovic. Their matches are epic matches. So I don't think 'boring' is the right word. I wished the women had four up there like the men do right now. Right now it just seems to be one."

As the men head to Wimbledon, Evert agrees that the big four will call the shots yet again, but she believes that there's an air of excitement about which one of the big four will be able to prevail.

"Yeah, I think this is the beauty of having the top four players playing so evenly and closely," Evert said. "Djokovic comes to mind only because I think the disappointment at the French Open. Then Federer, you know, the thing is that I have a sneaking suspicion that Federer has put all his eggs in one basket and he's gunning for Wimbledon. It's the only Grand Slam that he really has a legitimate chance. I don't mean that against him, it's just that the competition is so good. Then, you know, Andy Murray, really depends on the nerves, how he reacts. Every year that he doesn't win it, there's more and more pressure on him. Nadal, I mean, he could come out of the gate and just surprise us all. I think you kind of wonder after winning the French, I know he's always hungry, but I think this court doesn't suit him as well as it does the other players.

"It's just totally up in the air. That's the wonderful thing about it. That's the wonderful thing about having the top four men playing so closely and evenly."

In the last 33 Grand Slams, only once--Juan Martin del Potro won the 2009 U.S. Open--has a player other than Djokovic, Nadal, Federer or Murray won a singles title at a Grand Slam.