On Thursday, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gilles Simon gathered together in a public exchange to talk about their experiences in Davis Cup.
They took this opportunity to describe their vision towards the future success of their career. Moreover, they gave insight into the Big three, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
Thanks to the new technological era, we got to see all of them sharing their experiences and lessons with frankness and the right amount of humor. They discussed and shared that the Big 3 succession is not ending anytime soon.
“We have the three best players of all time who played the 15 years that we played. It was not easy to be compared to them, we were 5th, 6th, 7th … We all pushed our tennis to the maximum of what we could do at a certain time, we do not have to be ashamed of what we did,” Tsonga said.
“We Are Far From Being Roger”: Tsonga
However, four of them went on to reveal another truth about Nadal’s exceptional omnipotence. Amongst the four countries to host a Major each season, France has always been the one to be most talked about. Additionally, as the times are changing, expectations with the young generation are in more demand.
While talking about wins in the French Open, Tsonga said, “Roger (Federer) and Djoko, tennis legends, they only won it once. It’s completely crazy. We are far from being Roger, and he only won it once. (…). But it’s true that the only time he really had the opportunity to do so in 2009, he took it. And it’s strong.”
With the rising popularity of the Big 3, many other tennis players feel left out. Moreover, being compared with others only makes them more conscious, as stated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.