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Why the younger ATP generation believes it can break through – Eye of the Coach #39

In episode #39 of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou talks about the difficulty of breaking through on the tour for younger players. But he looks forward to a promising group of rising stars.

September 11, 2021
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The US Open women’s singles final is 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez against 18-year-old Emma Raducanu.

That is not something you see on the men’s tour these days.

The Big 3 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have been dominating for more than a decade and Djokovic is still comfortably on top of the rankings even though Nadal and Federer have been slowed by injuries. There is not much room for anyone under 30 years old to win a Grand Slam title, although Dominic Thiem managed to win the 2020 US Open in part thanks to Djokovic’s fourth-round default.

In the latest episode of “Eye of the Coach”, Patrick Mouratoglou discusses the difficulties endured by the younger generation while also expressing optimism that the rising stars will have their chances in the near future.

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Alcaraz – US Open – Panoramic


  • How tennis has changed and why it’s tougher for younger players to break through (around 1:25)
  • Both the physical and mental components are difficult for young players in the early stages of their careers (around 1:00)
  • The Big 3 has a lot do with the younger generation from reaching its potential (around 1:25)
  • Why is the situation changing, and what gives the NextGen more belief now? (around 1:40)
  • There is a young group (Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev, etc.) and an even younger group (Alcaraz, Sinner, Musetti, etc. (around: 2:20)
  • High hopes for the youngest of the young players (around 2:30)
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