Novak Djokovic: 'I never thought about retiring'

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Novak Djokovic: 'I never thought about retiring'

During the World Tennis League in Dubai, Novak Djokovic reiterated his intention to play for a long time to come. In fact he said: "I'd like to continue as long as possible. I've never thought about retiring so far. Things are going quite well for me, I can't complain.

As long as I'm able to express myself at this level and have the fire inside, I will go on." Nole also talked about his imminent come back to Australia: "I always demand the best of myself, so let's see what happens. I've almost always started strong in Australia during my career and I really enjoy playing there.

After what happened at the beginning of this year, I hope to receive a positive reception and I hope that the fans help me play good tennis." The Serbian will start his 2023 playing the ATP 250 in Adelaide, where he is entered in both singles and doubles.

Nole will then fly to Melbourne, where he will hunt for his tenth seal at the Australian Open.

What happened to Djokovic in 2022

Djokovic took part in the inaugural edition of the World Tennis League, having fun with other players and interacting with fans on several occasions.

The former world number 1 encountered many difficulties in 2022, mainly due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenomenon had to give up the Australian Open and the Us Open, as well as having suffered serious image damage.

For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). Nole redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row, the seventh ever.

In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras with seven hits at Church Road, Djokovic moved just one length clear of his rival Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Goran Ivanisevic's player will try the hookup already at the 2023 Australian Open, the three-year ban that weighed on his head having been lifted.

Novak Djokovic