Current Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic has said he is in ‘no hurry’ to start a conversation about his retirement, and he sees himself playing into his late 30s.
Djokovic turned 35-years-old this year, but his game shows no sign of decline and he powered to a seventh Wimbledon title this week.
In previous eras it was rare for players to even still be playing into their mid-30s, but Djokovic plans on extending his career as long as he possibly can.
“I don’t feel I’m in a hurry to finish my career in a year or two,” he said. “Thinking about it. I want to keep my body healthy because that is necessary to continue at this level.”
Coach Goran Ivanisevic was interviewed after the Wimbledon final and he said he believes the events in Australia earlier this year that resulted in Djokovic’s deportation would cause most players to walk away from the sport.
We will obviously never know if that is truly the case, but Djokovic admits the year has been incredibly challenging, but Wimbledon was always on his mind.
“This year has not been the same as the previous years,” Djokovic said. “It started as it did and it affected me a lot.
“The first months of the year were very hard for me. I did not feel good. My mental and emotional part was not in a good place.”
“I wanted to play, but at the same time, when I jumped on the court in Dubai, I felt a lot of pressure and I didn’t feel good on the court. At that moment I realized that this was going to be tough, but sooner or later my best would come back tennis,” Djokovic said.
“Historically, Wimbledon has always come to an important stage in my life and career. In 2018 I had elbow problems, and Wimbledon was the first Grand Slam I played.
“It served as a springboard to later win the US Open and the Australian Open 2019. It is no coincidence that this tournament has such relevance in my life and career.
“It is a relief to win after everything that has happened this year. It adds more value, more meaning and more emotion.”