Philipp Kohlschreiber, 38, makes honest admission regarding his career



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Philipp Kohlschreiber, 38, makes honest admission regarding his career

Former world No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber admitted that his time is "running out" as he wants to enjoy to the fullest the final stage of his career. Kohlschreiber, 39, hasn't played much this season as this week he is playing just his fourth tournament of the year.

Kohlschreiber is enjoying a fine start to the clay season as he has been through to the Marbella Challenger quarterfinal. Kohlschreiber started the year at the Australian Open, where he was beaten in the second round by Roberto Bautista Agut.

Kohlschreiber failed to make it past the Rotterdam qualifying event in February but did so at the Indian Wells Masters. After winning two qualifying matches in Indian Wells, Kohlschreiber was beaten by Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round.

“The plan is still valid. You have to be realistic," Kohlschreiber told Tennisnet.com, per We Love Tennis. "I don't have many points left after Wimbledon. It also depends on what tournaments I can still play.

I haven't played much Challengers in the last few years and I'm not going to start at the age of 39. The only goal I have set for myself this year is to play the tournaments that are close to my heart or those that I haven't been to yet.

This is the case in Marbella. Where can we start the clay court season more pleasantly? I can't say yet if there will be another five or ten tournaments."

Kohlschreiber on the upcoming German events

Germany hosts four ATP events - Munich, Stuttgart, Halle and Hamburg.

Kohlschreiber said he would like to play all the German tournaments but admitted he is aware that he might not be a wildcard priority anymore. Kohlschreiber is now ranked at No. 129 in the world and he would likely require a wildcard to enter the main draw of German tournaments directly.

"Of course, I would like to play all the German tournaments again, but I also understand the organizers who may prefer to give wild cards to up-and-coming players like Oscar Otte or Daniel Altmaier. They deserve it too […] My time is running out," Kohlschreiber added.