ATP's Next Gen Stars Struggle On Opening Day Of Wimbledon
Stefanos Tsitsipas after being upset by Thomas Fabbiano in the first round of Wimbledon was "at a loss to explain why he and other young talent were unable to produce quality tennis on a consistent basis," according to Courtney Walsh of THE AUSTRALIAN. Tsitsipas' loss came on the same day that Alexander Zverev was also a "surprise first round exit," after falling to Jiri Vesely. The two have been "considered threats to the legendary trio" of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but both young players "disappointed" with their Wimbledon performances. Tsitsipas said, "Something that we, as the Next Gen players, lack -- including myself as well, this consistency week-by-week. It’s a week-by-week problem basically, that we cannot adjust to that." Zverev appeared "poised to make a grand slam breakthrough after thrashing Djokovic to win the ATP Tour Finals in London last November." But since then, Zverev has been "dealing with managerial issues off the court and it has had an impact on him" (THEAUSTRALIAN.com, 7/2). ESPN.com's Simon Cambers noted the two upsets were "just the latest in a series of false dawns from the Next Gen." John McEnroe said, "I'm still waiting for them to come" (ESPN.com, 7/1). SPORTSTAR's Neil Rodricks wrote Wimbledon's opening day was a "bloodbath for tennis’s Next-Gen" (SPORTSTAR.THEHINDU.com, 7/1).