It's difficult for Next Gen to compete with Federer, Nadal, Djokovic -Lopez
In an interview to Diario Sur Feliciano Lopez spoke about the younger players being unable to break the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominance.
Lopez said: "It's not an easy and there are many factors.
For me it's clear that we are in a golden era for tennis and that we count on the three or four best players ever.
So it's very difficult for the younger guys to compete with them despite media and fans want to see a change.
There are many other players of my generation that has been working with a lot of awareness to make our careers longer and we spend body and soul to our job.
If you add the sports experience, there is not a lot of room for the new generations."
Lopez was the Madrid Open Tournament Director for the first time this year.
Asked what he learns from this job, he replied: "A lot from everything. I have a very professional team next to me and I learn from all of them.
There are many things that as a player you do not see on the Tour and that when you are inside the process, you realize the effort and professionalism it takes to run one of the best tournaments in the world.
Being a player helps, you know what players need, but it needs to coincide with the requests of sponsors, media...
And above all we are focused on giving the best experience to the fan, which at the end of the day is the reason why we hold the event.
"Lopez lost to the eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev in the third round at the US Open. It was a controversial match because of Medvedev getting booed by the crowd.