Novak Djokovic gives an major update on his retirement

The Serbian champion explained also what he would like his tennis legacy to be

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic gives an major update on his retirement
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Retirement can still wait for Novak Djokovic, at least for the moment. The Serbian champion talked about himself in an interesting interview with Sport Klub, returning after some time to talk about his retirement from being a professional tennis player. "The goals are always very high, but the expectations that I can meet at 36 years old, I don't know if it's something I really expected to win three of the four Slams and play the final of the other one," told the ATP No.1 on the eve of the Australian Open 2024.

"I always prepare. That's what I aim for when I prepare my calendar at the start of the season. It's been an incredible year, it's off to a great start in Australia, like most years. When the wind blows in your favour, you feel better about your year overall," said the Serb.

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The Serbian champion then went into more depth regarding the retirement issue. "To be honest I'm a little divided. There's always a part of me that is the young guy who loves tennis and knows everything about this sport, who gives his whole life for it.

That boy still wants to continue. On the other hand, I am the father of two children and I am far from my family. Every time I travel for a long period of time it breaks my heart. I always think about how long I should play, how many tournaments, whether it's worth it.

I started this season as I usually do, arriving early in Australia. I love playing here, it's the place where I've had the most success in my entire Grand Slam career. Normally I always have clear ideas about where I want to go, what the objectives are.

I know the goals are still the Slams and the Olympics, but other than that, I have no idea which tournaments I will or won't play. I'm still hungry, I want to keep competing. I can run for hours. It's more about the emotional aspect, tennis has been my priority for more than 20, 30 years and I don't want to miss too many moments with my children," he explained.

Djokovic on his legacy

Djokovic then concluded the interesting interview by revealing what he would like to leave as a legacy to new generations of tennis players. He explained in the interview he would like his legacy to be that of someone who uses his influence as one of the best players in the world to help improve the sport and the lives of his fellow tennis players.

He told it's something that really motivates Nole, it's one of his greatest desires. Nole would like to be remembered as someone who gave his whole life to this sport, who played with his heart and soul, who gave everything on the court.

He hope to inspire many young people to pick up a racket and something else. Djokovic will try to arrive at the 2024 Australian Open in full psycho-physical form: the injury suffered at the United Cup in the match against Alex De Minaur should be overcome just in time for the start of the Melbourne Major.

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