Richard Krajicek (48), former world number 4 and tournament director of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, thinks the cat in the sack is better than the pigeon on the roof.
Means: He has not relied on superstars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for a long time – he prefers new types like Andrei Rublew, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medwedew (the latter two have already left ). “The big three usually decide far too late,” explains the Dutchman, “we don’t have to wait forever to say yes or no – and it may be too late to sign other players.”
Still open to spontaneous commitments
Of course, he inquires Federer, Djokovic or Nadal every year and remains open to their spontaneous commitments, Krajicek admits. Federer had given him a great tournament edition two years ago when he also won in Rotterdam after his Australian Open victory and thus seized the chance to become the oldest number 1 in tennis history.
But he’s fed up with waiting for Nadal and Djokovic: They haven’t made a trip to Holland for eleven or ten years, respectively.