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A future filled with popcorn tennis

Saqib Ali



Steve Mitchell -- USA TODAY Sports

The kids are all right… or at least, they are going to be.

That was just one of many stories and themes explored on a recent Tennis With An Accent Podcast.

I talked to TWAA contributor and analyst Mert Ertunga about the Miami Open for nearly an hour. We discussed the champions, Ashleigh Barty and Roger Federer. We examined Karolina Pliskova, who made her first Premier Mandatory final and continued her run of very consistent tennis in the Indian Wells-Miami swing.

Our conversation then turned to several other topics, but one of the core features of any discussion of tennis in 2019 is the crop of exciting, young players on the ATP Tour. The NextGen keeps showing signs of being a worthy carrier of the baton in the 2020s. The match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov was one of the most entertaining men’s tennis matches of the season. Mert wrote about that match at his own site, Mertov’s Tennis Desk. You can read the piece here.

There is so much to explore and so much to consider when looking at Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, and the other bright young lights of the ATP Tour. The compelling matches and interesting, layered tennis they played in Miami might not have brought them as far in the tournament as runner-up John Isner, but their crowd-pleasing styles show that men’s tennis will still be a big-ticket entertainment product once the Big 3 leave the stage, whenever that might happen.

We don’t have to worry too much about men’s tennis. The kids will be all right… and Mert explains why in this episode of the Tennis With An Accent Podcast, at Radio Influence.

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