Patrick Mouratoglou details why Novak Djokovic could easily play past 40

At 36, Djokovic is still doing great things in tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Patrick Mouratoglou details why Novak Djokovic could easily play past 40
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Patrick Mouratoglou has declared Novak Djokovic "the best athlete" in tennis and someone who has a real shot at playing past 40 if he wants. Djokovic, who turned 36 in May, is having another pretty great and astonishing season.

This season, Djokovic won three Grand Slams and became the first-ever man with 24 Majors in men's tennis history. Also this year, Djokovic set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot by male or female. Djokovic is in his mid-thirties but his physical shape and condition are still exceptional.

However, all of this isn't a coincidence, considering the fact that Djokovic has always been very focused on how he trains and what he puts into his body.

Mouratoglou: Djokovic can go over 40

"I haven't seen ever a player of 36 years old that is in that shape.

The fact that he's incredibly serious and focused made him become the best athlete because I think he's the best athlete. I still think that he can go over 40. I'm not saying he's gonna do it because it's all also about motivation.

Of course, he can get injured. Anyone can get injured. And I think his body is extremely young for his age. Extremely young. I mean, it's quite obvious. You see him move on the court. His court coverage, and his ability to recover, are the consequence of all his years of discipline, working every day with the best professionals and looking always for new techniques to improve," Mouratoglou said in a video uploaded on his Instagram.

After winning his 24th Grand Slam at this year's US Open, Djokovic made it pretty clear that he wasn't thinking about retirement. Also, Djokovic said that he doesn't see a reason why he would walk away from tennis when he is still accomplishing great things. How things stand now, Djokovic will achieve more success before retiring.

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