Former world No. 7 David Goffin revealed he decided to finish his 2021 season prematurely because he was tired of playing through pain. Shortly after suffering a straight-set defeat in the US Open first round, Goffin called it a season due to a knee pain.
"I started playing intensely again for two or three weeks. I have felt very good on the court. I felt very good physically. It had been a long time since I felt that way. The reason I stopped playing tennis for a while is because I didn't want to feel any more pain.
I'm very happy that I don't have to feel that feeling anymore. I think I made the right decision," Goffin told RTBF, as revealed on Punto de Break.
Goffin undecided on the schedule before the Australian Open
Goffin is hoping to be pain-free at the start of the season and make a positive start to the year.
"I have not decided yet. I am going little by little. I still need a little more preparation, but I feel that I am progressing and that my level is gradually improving. I feel good physically. When you no longer feel any pain and want to run everywhere is a good sign.
I hope to start my season well and above all that no physical discomfort appears," Goffin said. Goffin is set to turn 31 on Tuesday and he admitted his goals have changed over the years. "The goals are different (when you hit 30).
When you are young you do not know what you are getting into. You do not calculate anything and you are very carefree. You do everything possible to play the maximum number of games possible. With my age I am getting to know myself a little more, especially in the physical aspect. I know what I want, what is good for me and what I no longer want," Goffin admitted.