Former player Tomas Carbonell tells Mundo Deportivo that one of the reasons why there are so few young players ranked in the top tier of the game is not only because it has grown more physical, but also because they lack understanding of how to properly play.
“Why did [31-year-old Tommy] Robredo just win a tournament? [Because he knows] his trade,” Carbonell said. “He knows how to care for himself and knows what to do on the court. Great young players have talent, but lack the knowledge as how to handle everything that is involved in a match. They need to mature and that’s why quite often it takes them to 24 or 25 to reach their level.”