Web Desk — As Roger Federer retired from tennis, questions have been raised about the retirement of the other two members of the ‘Big Three,’ but Novak Djokovic has said he is not “old enough” to consider retirement.
As a result of Federer’s recent struggles with injuries and form, fans and former players were full of sadness when he announced his retirement.
As a result of his exit, fans and pundits are wondering how men’s tennis will cope without one of its most marketable athletes, Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic told reporters after returning to tennis for the first time since winning Wimbledon his 21st Grand Slam singles title, “I don’t feel old yet.”
“I still feel my body is serving me, is listening to me well. That’s the key I think when you get to 35-plus.”
With their own achievements and riveting rivalries, the so-called ‘Big Three’ revolutionized the sport. Between them, they have won 63 Grand Slam singles titles.
In 2021, Nadal was forced to consider retirement due to chronic foot problems, and again this year after he won the French Open, playing with numbing injections before every match.
After a radio frequency treatment eased his foot pain, Rafael Nadal said he was not contemplating retirement at the moment.
In order to look after his body, Djokovic, the fittest of the three, has made necessary adjustments to his schedule.
“I don’t play as much as I used to. I want to play in the world’s best tournaments, such as Grand Slams and some of the biggest ATP events, playing for my country,” he said.
At the moment, I do not have the end of my career on the horizon, so that’s what motivates me and inspires me to play my best tennis.
“As long as I feel good and can compete with the youngsters, I can become a contender for Grand Slam titles.”