Former two-time Grand Slam champion Jurgen Melzer says he would consider a position at the Austrian Tennis Association (OTV) once his playing career ends. Speaking in an interview to APA, Melzer says, "Certainly an attractive task.
But I believe that there must be some peace in the association", referring to the discussions about the association presidency. "I think it is difficult, but it can also be done. You have to secure your competencies and make sure that you don't have to justify yourself for every single step you take, whatever your responsibility.
Who knows, if there is a new sports director , maybe you can just make him work. It's a shame that there is so much turmoil." Melzer is only active in doubles right now and says there is a chance that this may be his last year on the tour.
"I have not finally decided. There is a chance that this will be my last year. Of course it would be a shame if it really was and there is not much playing:, referring to the current tour suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Melzer, who turns 39 years old in May, reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in April 2011, and a doubles ranking of world No. 6 in September 2010. He reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal after coming from two sets down to defeat Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
He has won the men's doubles event at Wimbledon in 2010 and the US Open in 2011 with Philipp Petzschner, as well as the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon in 2011 with Iveta Benešová.