German tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber says he will not announce his retirement in advance and would like it to happen spontaneously, in an interview to the ATP Tour website.
The 36 year old German is currently ranked No.
74 in the world and says, “Maybe I’ll just wake up one day and say, ‘Okay, today is the right day to stop. I don’t want to announce it in advance that a certain tournament will be my last. That’s just not me.
I would actually like it to happen spontaneously. Maybe it would also be nice to say, 'Okay, I’m fighting back into the Top 20', and then call it a day, say, 'Thanks, that’s it,' and I’ve once again proven that I could still do it.
After all, at some point, there will be life after tennis”.
Philipp Kohlschreiber says he will continue to be involved in tennis after retirement
Kohlschreiber says he would probably continue to be involved with the sport even after retirement.
"All of my know-how is in tennis. Maybe helping young players would be interesting. I can already feel this when I’m practising with sparring partners and future pro players in Munich. I’m already noticing things which I would like to tell and share with them: things that I think they could still improve on, or maybe do differently.
I didn’t have that feeling 10 years ago. I didn’t care back then. Maybe looking back at myself I was more selfish. But already now, just being a bit older, I feel I have developed an eye for it, and that appeals to me”.
Philipp Kohlschreiber says he has also spent a lot of his time during the current shutdown doing things he would never have gotten the chance to otherwise do.
"This reminds me a bit of my youth and now I’m able to roll the ground in the fields.
It’s fun at first, and then it starts to get boring. Being at home during such a compulsory break is interesting. Maybe I’ll enjoy it an incredible amount. I can try out new things that I would simply never do otherwise, which is fun”.