The Future of Tennis

At the heart...

…of the men’s tennis game for some years has been the Big Four: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal. But since 2013, the dominance of the Big Four has come under sustained and increasing pressure. The rivalry between the old guard and (mostly) young contenders makes this the golden age of tennis. Nick Kyrgios beat Nadal in the fourth round of 2014 Wimbledon. In 2017, David Goffin beat Djokovic in Monte Carlo; Dominic Thiem beat Murray in Barcelona; Sascha Zverev beat Federer in Montreal; and Denis Shapovalov beat Nadal, also in Montreal.

In The Future of Tennis, Philip Slayton and Peter Figura examine a selection of the players outside of the Big Four and introduce the reader to the great depth of field in the men’s game and the personalities that enliven the sport. Complete with stunning photography by Peter Figura, this book answers questions about who are some of the other players on the tour, what drives them, and give insight into their foibles and eccentricities.


“This book is perhaps the best tonic for any tennis fan who fears for the future of the game in the inevitable, post-Roger Federer era. A delightful marriage of photography and graceful prose.”
– Peter Bodo, tennis columnist

“A compelling combination of original photography and insightful commentary.”
-Andrei Medvedev, 199 French Open finalist, Team Ukraine David Cup captain

“A great book. It charts the future of men’s tennis in perceptive and engaging prose, illustrated profusely by some of the best tennis photography I have ever seen.”
-Karl Hale, Tournament Director ATP World Tour 1000 Masters Toronto