Former World No. 21 Thomaz Bellucci says he has no plans to retire just yet from the sport of tennis. The 32 year old Bellucci is currently ranked No. 289 in the ATP world rankings but says he still feels he has another 3 to 4 years of tennis left for him.
“For now I don’t see myself retiring, I am 32 years old and more than fifteen seasons as a professional. I don’t see my most recent results linked to my age, physically I feel good, maybe it will be three or four more years until this idea begins to mature, to think about the end of the journey.
Of course, everything will depend on my next results, if I continue to play small tournaments the possibility of saying goodbye may come later. Instead, a return to the top100 would increase the chances of continuing. I’m still working hard on this, it’s not easy, but it never was."
The Brazilian, who has won 4 ATP titles in his career, spoke about the difficulties that come with being a tennis player. “I always worried a lot about what others thought of me, maybe too much. Being a tennis player means being judged all the time, depend on your results, continually deal with the mental aspect.
In a sport that maximizes everything in your life, your whole life comes with you on the court. The easiest thing is to play tennis, get there and train; the difficult thing is to deal with everything else." “One of the things I am most proud of is that I was always a sensible person, I never let myself be carried away by victories, I was always myself from the beginning.
Today I am still that same person. However, when I was younger I didn’t know how to express myself, I communicated badly with the fans, with the people, and that gave me a bad image, a distorted image as a person, not so much as a player.
This generated misunderstandings, so now I have an image that is not what I would like. Being a public figure, you end up being judged all the time, you end up understanding that people will speak ill or well about you regardless of what you do."
Besides his 4 ATP titles (the 2009 and 2012 Swiss Open, the 2010 Movistar Open and the 2015 Geneva Open), the Brazilian also reached the semi-finals of the 2011 Madrid Masters.