Having 57 Grand Slam titles on their names, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are arguably one of the greatest tennis players in history. Anyway, the French tennis star Benoit Paire has expressed his admiration for the Big 3 of tennis.
While looking for a career breakthrough, the 31-years-old Frenchman has won three singles and a doubles titles to date. He is currently ranking 28th in the world by ATP.
Former World No.18 said via recently published Racquet No.15, “I’m not jealous of Nadal, Federer, or Djokovic. I respect them a lot, and I think what they do and how invested they are is amazing.”
“But damn, when I see Rafa win the French and two days later he’s training at Queen’s for the grass-court season… It’s a different world! If I won the French, I don’t know if I’d go to Queen’s or even to Wimbledon. Actually, I’d end my season there! They are champions.”, Paire added.
“Without Them, Tennis Wouldn’t Be Where It Is Today”: Benoit Paire on Big 3
Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have been ruling men’s tennis world since 2003. On the other hand, they are only three men’s tennis players to win eight more singles titles at the Grand Slam tournaments.
While Rafael Nadal has lifted 13 titles at the French Open, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have clinched eight crowns at Wimbledon and the Australian Open respectively.
Benoit continued, “Without them, tennis wouldn’t be where it is today. I admire them enormously, but I will never be like them. That doesn’t stop me from considering myself a champion.”
Speaking about himself, Paire went on to say, “I was 18th in the world, I’ve been in the top 100 for ten years, and I have three ATP titles: That’s a perfectly good career. Besides, my ex would tell me often enough: “You’re a champion. You play in the biggest tournaments in the world, against the best players in the world.”