The NewsYet – Rafael Nadal’s French Open win shows what’s wrong with men’s and women’s tennis – Express
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Ash Barty became the ninth different female Grand Slam champion in the last 10 Grand Slams when she won the title on Saturday. Only world No.1 Naomi Osaka, who lost in the third round here, has won twice during this period.
But for the men, the Big Three have won the last 10 titles dating back to Stan Wawrinka’s win at the 2015 US Open. And the last man to win a Grand Slam under the age of 30 was Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2016.
Both streaks need to change for the sake of variety. And maybe at Wimbledon.
A new generation of players has been promising to come through in the men’s game with Dominic Thiem, twice a runners-up in the French Open now, leading the charge. Alex Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also potential future superstars.
Yet to earn this status, and freshen up the men’s game, they first need to beat the old guard before they are past their peaks.
The top four males seeds reached the last four here while Barty was the only woman in the top 25 to achieve the same before winning her first Grand Slam title. The women’s game needs top players to win more often – there have been eight different winners of the French Open in the last decade and 18 different winners of the first 18 event this season.
Serena Williams, who turns 38 in September, will not be around for much longer while stars like Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep have never dominated. The lack of real rivalries makes it difficult to give matches a narrative.
Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty both won the French Open in 2019(Image: GETTY)
Rafael Nadal hold the record for most men’s singles titles at one Major with 12(Image: GETTY)
Ash Barty became the ninth different female Grand Slam champion in the last 10 Grand Slams(Image: GETTY)
Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova claimed the Aussie, who gave up tennis to play cricket, will go on to win more – and could claim her second at SW19.
“This could be a great springboard for her,” she said. “I am so glad the sport has got her back. She must be one of the favourites for Wimbledon now.
“She has the slice and great variety in her game. I don’t think she is a one-Slam wonder. I think we will see her win again.”