The discharge of Novak Djokovic, like many others in Indian Wells, brought to light a change that not everyone wants to accept: The arrival of the new generation.
Although most have already been inserted in the circuit for years, the presence of the Big 3 and other great players left them in a constant background. Leave due to injury and compulsory breaks due to age They gave the Next Gen the space to show themselves as the dominators of the most important competitions.
This Indian Wells will not be like the others. The first 10 seeded of the American tournament will be filled by all players under 25 years: 1. Daniil Medvedev (25); 2. Stefanos Tsitsipas (23); 3. Alex Zverev (24); 4. Andrey Rublev (23); 5. Matteo Berrettini (25); 6. Casper Ruud (22); 7. Felix Auger-Aliassime (21); 8. Hubert Hurkacz (24); 9. Denis Shapovalov (22) and 10. Jannik Sinner (20).
New names in tennis are increasingly grabbing the attention of fans: In the past year, Dominic Thiem was champion in the US Open 2020, Medvedev reached two Grand Slam finals and was consecrated against Djokovic in the United States Open and, for his part, Zverev obtaining the gold medal in Tokyo 2021.
For its part, Tsitsipas and Berrettini were others who reached a Grand Slam final (Roland Garros and Wimbledon 2021), the Canadians Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime, although they are not big holders of ATP titles, both achieved a semifinal of Majors (Wimbledon and US Open respectively). Talking about Ruud, is one of the top tournament winners this season with four (Geneva, Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel), followed by Hurkacz with three (Delray Beach, Metz and Miami Masters 1000).
In the case of Rublev, in addition to having achieved the gold medal in mixed doubles together with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and two M1000 finals this season, in 2020 he was the one that raised the most tournaments with five under his belt. Finally, the Italian Jannik Sinner, Barely 20 years old, he already owns four ATP titles and reached a Masters 1000 final.
Although it may be difficult for many, these boys have long been at the top of world tennis. Other clear examples is in the female circuit when Iga Swiatek, at just 19 years old, he conquered Roland Garros, or when Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu they dueled in a terrible battle in search of the last Grand Slam of the year.
The generational change of this era is already underway.