We are living in an era of great male tennis players, nobody can deny that, with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal locked in a battle for the number one spot, coupled with the recent successes of Andy Murray and the fact Roger Federer is still showing glimpses of old and why he is arguably the sport’s greatest player things couldn’t be better, but where next.
Well it has emerged this morning that Djokovic is the latest big name calling for the season ending World Tour finals to be moved in rotation, currently the tournament which feature the top eight players in the world is played in London at the O2 arena and has been for the last five years, but the Serbian feels that by moving the competition it could inspire future generations and help put tennis on the map more than it already is.
He said, as quoted by Metro: 'Various players share this opinion and believe it should be played in places where our sport, which is a global one, is not so popular, which means it could expand.'
The defending champion was also quick to point out that as it is determined on ranking at the end of the season, the positions are decided by several factors such as grand-slam performances and the types of court that are played on, he feels that it would benefit those players who are not hard-court specialists like himself if the location and court type were changed.
Speaking to the press Djokovic added: 'In this tournament we qualify by playing on all surfaces but the Tour Finals are always on hard courts. We could change every year to play it on the surfaces we qualify for the Finals. That means, for example, a good clay-court player would have the chance to play on his best surface.'
At present the Tour finals are seen as the fifth major, following the Grand-slams in Paris, Wimbledon, New York and Melbourne.
The current deal will see the tour finals continue in London for at least the next two years with a contract in place to ensure that both the 2014 and 2015 tournaments are at the venue.
In today’s games Djokovic will face old adversary Federer whilst world number one Nadal faces his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the group stages, Andy Murray misses the tournament despite his ranking due to recent back surgery.
Tennis Fans, what do you think should the World Tour Finals alternate between venues and be played on different surfaces?
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