Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Who is number 1 in men’s tennis you ask? Well, at the moment, Novak Djokovic rules the ATP rankings, and although the Serb sensation has scored the necessary points, it appears that he has yet to win the hearts of the tennis fans when it comes to winsome tennis personality. The darlings of modern tennis being Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won the hearts of the world tennis domain by slogging it out since going pro, but Djokovic, although winning title of No. 1, has not yet won the true admiration of tennis fans worldwide—or, am I wrong?
The Swiss maestro, Federer has become a household name by virtue of his story, his performance, his enamoring determination and seemingly miraculous gift for the game. Likewise, the irresistible charm and character of Nadal has permeated the tennis scene with his indisputable fighting spirit.
These two tennis champions have etched their charismatic charms into our living rooms, and without a shadow of a doubt, the history of tennis will hail these two tennis greats as the most connective and marketable personas in the annals of tennis chronicles.
Who is Number 1 in Men’s Tennis? (Video)
As we move forward into the shadow of 2013, the names Federer and Nadal still reverberate as the champions of the court, although the No. 1 men’s position in tennis has mostly been dominated by Novak Djokovic this past year. Why are we resistant to accept the fact that new names will appear and new talent will eventually take over? In fact, it has, but do we refuse to acknowledge the brilliant new insurgence of international stars that have made their mark on the sport, and claim countless victories on grass and clay throughout the last couple of years?
Do we prefer that the names we are more familiar with, or whom has become like brothers to us, and whom we embrace as personalities we relate to and connect with on a level that Djokovic has yet to enter?
Being that we may dispute who is really No. 1 in men’s tennis, the fact remains that names like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been breathing down the necks of our most favorite and “preferred” tennis stars, we tend to turn a blind eye to the brilliance and achievements of Djokovic because we have grown to love the brilliance of Federer and Nadal.
Are we reluctant to change, or do you think we have become so enamored with the sensational careers of the Swiss and Spanish superstars that we resist any new blood flowing in the ever-changing world of tennis?
I pose this as a question, and your reactions and thoughts are welcomed. So who is No. 1 in men’s tennis for you? Do the ATP rankings mean your support and connection will change, or will you remain steadfast and true to the Swiss/Spanish tennis superstars?