Novak Djokovic is 36 years old and one could foresee that the Serbian star is at the twilight of his tennis career. He remains one of the finest player the tennis world has ever seen and despite his age, his athleticism and fitness on the court is still top notch. (More Tennis News)
Novak Djokovic lost to Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final recently, despite the former enjoying a highly successful year. Djokovic won his tenth Australian Open final this year along with the French Open where he broke the men's grand slam record.
Djokovic is still the world number 2 in the ATP Rankings and has begun pacing himself especially on the workload side with the Serbian's major focus on winning Grand Slams. Djokovic was quite emotional during the Wimbledon 2023 final post-match ceremony where he broke down in tears while speaking to his son Stefan.
Amidst all this, Novak's father, Srdjan Djokovic on his son's future in tennis and what lies ahead for the Wimbledon runner-up.
Speaking on Sportal’s Novak Djokovic documentary, Srdjan Djokovic said that he wished that his son retired from the sport in a few months time so that he could spend more time with his family.
“As far as my wishes for him go, he has already fulfilled them all seven-eight years ago. The rest is this amazing bonus,” said Srdjan Djokovic. “Tennis is only one segment of his life, not his whole life, I expect him to be recognized for the things he will do after his career ends as well, after he leaves the tennis world, which I hope it will happen next year.”
With Roger Federer already retired and Rafael Nadal signalling that 2024 would be the Spaniard's last, Novak Djokovic's retirement from tennis could well bring curtains down on the 'Big 3' of tennis.
“And for Novak to slowly but surely… It’s not the end, but in a year-and-a-half let’s say… My wish as a father – I think for some time that he should have stopped working this extremely difficult job,” continued Srdjan. “It’s physically and mentally challenging and very demanding – with him being fully dedicated for 30 years, and not taking his foot off the gas, there is not much time for other things in life.”
The Serbian recently pulled out of the Rogers Cup Masters in Canada which which is scheduled to be held in August but might take part in the Cincinnati Masters which would serve as a precursor for the US Open in September.