The American tennis movement is experiencing a moment of great renaissance. In recent years, the star-studded national team has given birth to excellent talents who grow bigger and bigger and break through among the best. From Taylor Fritz, by now a consecrated tennis player in the top ten in the world rankings, through Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul, who little by little are obtaining more than encouraging results even in the Slams, to the new recruits, Sebastian Korda, Ben Shelton and Brandon Nakashima, who have crossed the wall of the first 50 and predict prestigious results in the future.
Patrick McEnroe, John’s brother, shared, before the Tennis365 microphones, a very ambitious forecast. Already at the next Wimbledon, he predicts that one of the aforementioned tennis players will be able to surpass Novak Djokovic and lift the prestigious London trophy: “I think that the group of young Americans that is emerging in recent times could be a strong alternative to Djokovic.
Any opponent who comes up against the Serb will be highly motivated to break his winning streak in London, and I have a feeling there are several players from our country capable of doing that,” Patrick said. “You have to take Fritz into account after he reached the quarterfinals last year, but I also see Shelton as very dangerous on grass.
I think he can adapt his tennis very well to this surface if he knows how to interpret the bounce of the ball well he said, before pointing directly to two players who have been stars in Melbourne. And there is a clear feeling that both Sebastian Korda and Tommy Paul can make it big in this tournament.
“Tommy is becoming more solid, he is capable of attacking the ball early and I see serious possibilities for him to do very well on grass. However, my favorite is Korda. He is a guy who has incredible potential and if he recovers well from his wrist injury suffered in Australia and works to hit the ball harder on the serve, I think he is a real threat for Wimbledon 2023”, concluded the brother of the old american legend.
Brad Gilbert on Nole Djokovic
During the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast, Brad Gilbert gave his opinion on the rest of the upcoming 2023 season for Novak Djokovic before comparing the Serb to two other legends, who between them have 16 Grand Slam titles.
“Put Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl in the blender, you’ll get Novak Djokovic. If I had to set an upper limit, I would say two ‘and a half’ Slams for him. He is improving at 35, ”said the former coach of Agassi, but also of Andy Roddick and Andy Murray.