38 year old Spanish tennis star Feliciano Lopez has said he has no plans to retire for now - saying that he will continue playing till next year at least, during a Twitter Q&A with fans on the ATP Tour's official Spanish Twitter account.
Ranked No. 56 in the world currently, Lopez was asked if he has plans to retire anytime soon. "I wasn't planning on retiring in the short term. I've played the past few years as if each of them were my last and I've normally evaluated how things have gone at the end of the season.
Based on that, I've decided whether or not to play another year. That's worked well for me in recent years. It's been a good way of focussing my goals during that time. Now, with this break we're suffering due to the coronavirus, my plans have changed.
The idea is to be able to play next year." The Spaniard was also asked about the secret behind his consistency - as of the 2020 Australian Open, he holds the record for most consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams - 72 consecutive appearances.
"There are two very important things. One is the fact that I haven't had significant injuries in my career. Physical fitness is something you have to work on from when you're very young. I also have good genetics that have helped me not get injured, to be able to handle the stresses of work and so many years playing professional tennis.
I think my style of play and technique have helped reduce wear and tear on my body as I am not making a huge effort on every shot in every match. Then it's looking after myself a lot, eating well, resting... In short, being professional and committed to your profession.
This has been more important in recent years. When you're young, sometimes you don't pay too much attention to certain details which can make a difference, even though they're small. In recent years, I've paid a lot of attention to nutrition and training my body to be more prepared when I face players who are often at least 10 or 15 years younger. It's a very big challenge for me."