Eye of the Coach #69: The Alcaraz-Rune generation and the Next Gen of Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev will have a big battle
In the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explains that there will be a great battle between the two new tennis generations in the future
Called upon to take over from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the Next Gen of Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev has not been able to fulfil its mission.
Over the past 10 years, these three have won 33 of the 44 Grand Slams, leaving only crumbs for the new generation. Of these young players, only Medvedev has managed to win a major, at the US Open in 2021.
The Next Gen must now be wary of the emergence of younger players such as Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest world No 1 in history at just 19, who won the US Open last September, and Holger Rune, also 19, who beat Djokovic in the final of the Rolex Paris Masters to win his first Masters 1000 title.
Will this new generation erase the Next Gen? In the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explains that he doesn’t think the Alcaraz-Rune generation will overtake the Next Gen represented by Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas and Rublev.
Tomorrow’s tennis will be an exciting battle between all these players, unlike the tennis we have known for 20 years where three players shared the biggest titles.
KEY MOMENTS FROM EYE OF THE COACH
10”: “No generation has managed to topple Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, and there probably won’t be any.”
36: “I don’t think the generation of Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Zverev will be erased by the new generation with Alcaraz and Rune.”
49: “There is going to be a nice fight between these two generations in the future.”
54” “The Next Gen has been traumatised by the Big 3, losing to them often. The new generation hasn’t experienced that, and that’s an advantage.”
1’26”: “The fact that many players are capable of winning Grand Slams in the future, it makes tennis very exciting.”
1’40: “Before, it was always the same movie and at the end, one of the Big 3 would win. Now it’s not like that and it’s going to be very interesting.”