Why Men’s Pro Tennis is Better than Women’s (Right Now)

Recent discussion in the Jon Wertheim’s SI.com Tennis mailbag has dealt with why parity at the top of the women’s game is decried as a lack of quality, but the dominance of Federer and Nadal in the men’s game is not viewed as top heavy. I think the reason is it is obvious to tennis fans that the current overall state of quality in men’s game has never been better. Besides the consistent brilliance of Nadal and Federer, you have other jaw-dropping talents in Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Roddick, Monfils, Tsonga, Verdasco, Gonzalez, Soderling, etc. The women’s game currently offers past-their-prime Williams sisters and a bunch of baselining clones with suspect mental toughness. I think you could argue the reverse was true about six years ago when youthful Venus and Serena were battling stars such as Henin, Clijsters, Davenport and Capriati, while the men were ruled by the likes of middleweights Hewitt, Kuerten and Ferrero. You can’t quantify or prove this fact, but I think most knowledgeable tennis fans would agree the quality of competition in the men’s game right now is far superior to the women’s, and thus much more entertaining. Somewhere in this subject lies a Malcolm Gladwell chapter about gut feelings waiting to be written. Only goes to heighten the accomplishments of Federer and Nadal, by the way.

Serbian star Novak Djokovic is a superb player who would have been number one in the world were he playing the pro tour 7-8 years ago.

Serbian star Novak Djokovic is a superb player who would have been number one in the world were he playing the pro tour 7-8 years ago.


Freakishly talented Gael Monfils is just one of a plethora of men's stars right now.

Freakishly talented Gael Monfils is just one of a plethora of men's stars right now.

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~ by jonwbecker on June 27, 2009.

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