Warning issued to 'older and slower' Novak Djokovic by Henri Leconte amid rise of Sinner and Alcaraz

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 at 13:40
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Former French Open runner-up Henri Leconte believes that Serbia’s legendary tennis star Novak Djokovic is facing an uphill battle to compete with the likes of Italy’s Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz.
The 36-year-old is regarded as the greatest player in the history of men’s tennis in the singles category, having won as many as 24 Grand Slams in his illustrious career. However, the 2024 season has not gone to plan for Djokovic where he is yet to lift a silverware.
Leconte, who finished as the runner-up in the French Open in 1998 where he lost to Mats Wilander of Sweden in the final in straight sets with a score of 7–5, 6–2, 6–1, was recently quoted in a report where he expressed opinion about the form of the current world number one, who according to him is becoming ‘older and slower’ and is facing a tough challenge to compete against players like Alcaraz and Sinner.
“The ‘Next Gen’ has dominated since last year, but they must prove that they can remain at the highest level," said Leconte "Sinner wins and confirms with his exceptional start to the season. There’s still Novak, but he’s older and he’s slower. He lost a little liveliness. Young people are less afraid because they feel that it is crumbly. Slowly, everything changes.”

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