Although four players in the Top 10 on the ATP men’s tour are younger than 24, the sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev of Germany, world No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greence, world No. 8 Daniil Medvedev and the ninth-ranked Karen Khachanov, both of Russia, have yet to make a breakthrough in any of the four tennis majors.
Kovacs’ message was retweeted by Judy Murray, the mother of former Wimbledon champions Andy and Jamie Murray, and a former player and British Fed Cup team captain herself.
Murray, who works regularly with young children as a coach, is worried that excessive time spent on electronic gadgets, smarthphones, tablets and other devices may affect the ability to concentrate.
“Tennis is so much about problem-solving, and working things out for yourself and thinking things through, and being able to understand what’s going on on your side of the net, but on the other side of the court as well,” Murray told CNN Sport
in an interview at Wimbledon.
“You really need to think quickly and act quickly, so decision-making is such a huge part of it. And nowadays, there are just so many gadgets that do people’s thinking for them. It just worries me, the over-dependence on gadgets.”
David Sammel, head of the Bath Academy in Britain, agreed.
As the coach of New Zealand doubles player Marcus Daniell, 29, and British player Liam Broady, 25, Sammel has noticed a difference in mobile phone use between players who didn’t grow up with it, such as the “Big Three,” and the younger generation.
“I think it is a contributing factor to the longevity of Roger, Novak, Rafa, and some of the doubles players that are playing into their early 40s now,” Sammel told CNN Sport
“Some of them, I hardly ever see them on a phone when they are doing their work. And I know that some of them don’t have the phone on them when they are playing grand slams. And they let their team and people take care of things, and focus totally on what they’ve got to do.