Author Wally Lamb once stated, “Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed.”
Fortunately for the ATP World Tour, the players holding the vast majority of power have utilized a significantly heightened and rational moral code, relative to what society often experiences and deals with on a day to day basis.
These players, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer take diabolic and unmerciful approaches on the court, much to the chagrin of their deluged opponents. This is the nature of their work and they do it better than anyone else on the planet.
What is often obscured from the scope of the public realm is the variety of ways these three gentlemen are able to siphon their wide-ranging influence throughout tennis and the world.
One glaring example of the selflessness shown by the "Big Three" stems from recent action taken by Wimbledon tournament officials.
As this ESPN article describes, Wimbledon is increasing its prize pool with a majority of the cash funneling downwards to early-round losers. This increase for lower-ranked players (early-round losers) was "requested by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in a meeting with championship officials in Indian Wells, Calif."
In this article, I am going to go detail four different ways the "Big Three" can and have already fostered positive change in the sport as a whole.
Please feel free to comment, tell me what was left out and how you think the direction of the game looks moving forward.