Novak Djokovic confesses what he'd really like to do before retiring

Djokovic, 36, would like to do one thing before ending his pro tennis career.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic confesses what he'd really like to do before retiring
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Novak Djokovic reveals he would like to organize an exhibition series around South America before retiring. Djokovic, 36, hasn't played much in Latin America throughout his career. The last time Djokovic played in South America happened in 2016, when he was representing Serbia at the Rio Olympics.

In late 2022, Rafael Nadal organized the South American exhibition tour with Casper Ruud. Djokovic, who is close friends with Spain's Carlos Gomez-Herrera, has already talked with his hitting partner about the possibility of organizing an exhibition serious in South America.

“Tournaments in South America. I was just talking to Charlie [hitting partner Carlos Gomes] and I hope we can do it. It's a wish, of course, now the Grand Slams are my priority and maybe the opportunity will come when I play those tournaments.

Why them? Somehow the passion of people in South America for sports, and therefore for tennis, is something that is unique and I want to experience that week after week playing in those competitions. Well, we'll see. Maybe in some distant future, since I have time, I'm young," Djokovic told Sportal.

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Djokovic would like to play in South America before retiring

Djokovic, who turned 36 in May, doesn't seem like he is close to retiring. This year, Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles and proved to everyone that he is still a very dominant force in tennis.

After lifting his 24th Grand Slam title at this past US Open, Djokovic highlighted that there was no need for him to think about retirement. "Knowing that I play at such a high level still and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport, yeah, I don't want to get rid of this sport.

I don't want to leave this sport if I'm still at the top, if I'm still playing the way I'm playing," Djokovic said after his US Open win. Djokovic is currently preparing for the final part of the 2023 season, in which he plans to play at the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and Davis Cup Final 8.

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