There is something to be said for continuing to invest in talent and experience. I can think of few fields in which the more experienced masters are pressured to get out to make room for the young. Sports can be desperately cruel. Tennis has mastered the art of rejection because of age.
In this tennis is no different from Hollywood. The movie industry is littered with the career corpses of actors who can no longer pretend to be ingénues. Take Jennifer Lawrence, who went from playing 16-year-old Katniss to a 40-year-old mop sales woman. There is no room in movies for the Olds. Or maybe just for Meryl Streep.
But Meryl is a fantastic actress not just because of her talent but also because of her tremendous experience. The more you do something—especially when you have a talent for doing it – the better you become, and the more confidently you perform.
Sadly, there have been many tennis careers in which talent was clearly wasted on the young. When such players retire, I say good riddance. If you can’t appreciate the talent and opportunities you have been bestowed, I won’t waste my breath applauding you.