Novak Djokovic jokes that he will ‘leave tennis in 24 years’ with the Serbian insisting that retirement isn’t on his mind as he doesn’t want to leave the sport ‘at the top’ after his US Open triumph
- Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win the US Open
- The Serbian picked up an incredible 24th Grand Slam title with the victory
- Djokovic has no plans to retire from tennis any time soon while he is on top
Novak Djokovic plans to play as long as possible after winning the US Open to clinch his 24th Grand Slam title.
The Serbian defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his third major title of the year – with his Wimbledon final loss to Carlos Alcaraz costing him a clean sweep of Grand Slam championships in 2023.
Djokovic, now 36, has been questioned about retirement since his defeat to the Spaniard.
However, he has insisted that he will not leave the court anytime soon, joking that it might not be for another 24 years.
He told reporters after the victory over Medvedev: ‘Yeah, occasionally I ask myself ‘why do I need this still at this stage after all I have done? How long do I want to keep going?’
Novak Djokovic has no plans on retiring after winning his 24th Grand Slam title on Sunday
The Serbian defeated Daniil Medvedev to clinch his third Grand Slam title of the year
Federer has no intentions to quit the sport while he is still at the top of his game
‘I do have these questions in my head of course. But knowing that I play at such a high level still, and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport.
‘I don’t want to leave this sport if I’m still at the top, if I’m still playing this way.
‘Eventually, one day I will leave tennis in about 23, 24 years. And there is going to be new young players coming up. Until then, I guess you will see me a bit more.’
Djokovic though did state that he doesn’t play as much in smaller tournaments and will try to prioritise his preparation so he can peak at Grand Slam events.
He said: ‘I’m going to keep going. You know, I feel good in my own body. I still feel I’ve got the support of my environment, of my team, of my family.
‘The Grand Slams, I have said in the last few years, have been always the highest goal and the priority of mine in the whole season.
‘I don’t play as much in terms of other tournaments, so I try to prioritise my preparation so that I can peak in slams.
Djokovic has been quizzed about retirement since his Wimbledon loss to Carlos Alcaraz
‘These are the moments and these are the kind of emotions that I motivate myself with every single day when I’m not playing a tournament.’
Djokovic said that he has no target in mind for the number of Grand Slams that he wins in his career, though he has got his eyes sets on winning an Olympic gold medal.
The closest he has come to gold to date was in 2008 when he clinched a bronze in Beijing, with Rafael Nadal defeating Fernando Gonzalez in the final.