Throughout the history of tennis, there have been a large number of countries that have had a federative organization chart and great support to become world powers in the sport of racket. Numerous high-quality professional ATP players have continuously emerged, accompanied by renowned coaches and physical trainers. In addition to the already known case of Spain; France and Germany seem to continue the positive trend of continuing to have many professional tennis players in the top 100, but … what will happen to great powers like Argentina, Sweden or Australia? The United States seems to have found the path to success again, but it still has a long way to go. Let us analyze the situation in detail.
Argentina has had great players in this century. Gaudio, Chela, Cañas, Puerta, Coria and Nalbandian. In a country where tennis is very relevant, it seems that a generational guarantee release has not been carried out to be able to replace all the players mentioned above. It is true that Juan Martín del Potro has become one of the best players on the circuit, but continuous injuries have prevented him from exploding and becoming number one in the world. Nor should we forget the great Diego Schwartzman, a tennis player who has been on the verge of entering the top ten and who, due to his playing characteristics, is one of the most difficult players to beat on a tennis court. But far from these two players no one else has exploited. Players like Delbonis, Mayer, Pella or Londero have always been in a second or third line and have not peeked into the big media spots. On the subject of futures, at the moment only Axel Geller or Sebastian Baez seem to be the only positive news for Argentine tennis.
If Argentina has taken a step back in tennis terms, keep an eye on what happened with Sweden. A country that in the 70s, 80s and 90s had players like Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Thomas Enqvist or Thomas Johansson, now seems to be in a huge crisis and does not know how to get out. Just the appearance of Robin Soderling a little over a decade ago was the only good news for Swedish tennis. Currently neither the Ymer brothers nor Erikkson can support an entire country that has always garnered renowned tennis players. Looking at the future, it seems unlikely that Karl Friberg, Simon Yitbarek or Leo Borg will be able to inscribe their history in tennis. The future will tell.
Australia is another well-known case. An enormous power in tennis that has had to her credit with players like Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Patrick Rafter or Lleyton Hewitt and who today seems very far from finding a tennis player who can repeat these feats. A boat soon, only the names of Alex de Miñaur and Nick Kyrgios may have options to do something in the future perhaps a little distant, but they still have many things to polish if they want to reach half of what the tennis players named in the previous list. Nor can we forget Alexei Popyrin, who is gradually increasing his tennis level and is called to be a second-line player to take into account in the future.
Actually in Spain the situation seems to be under control, and the fact that the high level of players like Rafael Nadal or Roberto Bautista means that Spanish tennis is not obliged to seek young promises in the short term. In addition, the high level of players such as Alejandro Davidovich, Nicola Kuhn or Carlos Alcaraz, makes the future of Spanish tennis well occupied, although we cannot forget that overcoming this generation of tennis players is a task practically impossible to overcome. The United States has lived through years of transition after the withdrawals of Roddick, Fish or Blake, but it seems that the generation of Fritz, Paul, Opelka or Tiafoe paint very well.