Novak Djokovic explains for how long he intends to play pro tennis


Novak Djokovic says he would like to play as long as possible as he is healthy and still extremely motivated to win Grand Slams. 

Djokovic, who will be turning 36 in May, is perfectly healthy and his physical preparation is top-class. 

Djokovic is still a dominant figure in tennis and many believe there is no reason for the 21-time Grand Slam champion to walk away from pro tennis. 

“I would like to play as long as possible. I don’t really have a figure in my mind. So far things are progressing pretty well for me. I can’t complain. As long as I play at this level, as long that I will have this inner fire, I will continue,” Djokovic said, per We Are Tennis.

Djokovic set to return to Australia

12 months ago, Djokovic experienced the most difficult period of his career when he was detained and ultimately deported from Australia.

In November, the Australian government decided to rescind Djokovic’s three-year ban from entering the country.

Djokovic, who has said several times that he has no hard feelings toward Australia, is preparing to play two tournaments there in January.

Djokovic will kick off his 2023 season at the Adelaide International, where he will be hoping to get good preparation ahead of the Australian Open.

Then, Djokovic will go to Melbourne for the opening Grand Slam of the season. 

Ahead of the Adelaide International, tournament director Alistair MacDonald was asked about Djokovic’s reception in Adelaide and Australia.

“Covid was a pretty tough time for everyone and his experience probably didn’t go the way he wanted it to last year, but 2023 is a fresh start. It’s probably not our position to judge how he will be received, but he’s a great player and will certainly drive interest in the event,” MacDonald explained. 

It remains to be seen if Djokovic can win Adelaide in his first tournament of the season.

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