“Tom Brady is a good instance of a champion in his sport,” Djokovic tells reporters in Riyadh
Tennis professional, Novak Djokovic, who’s 36 years previous, acknowledged he had no intention of giving up the sport anytime quickly and hoped that, like legendary American soccer participant Tom Brady, he may have the ability to play soccer effectively into his 40s.
Earlier than finally retiring earlier this yr on the age of 45, quarterback Brady performed 23 seasons within the Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) and received seven Tremendous Bowls with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN reported.
Djokovic, the world’s high participant, is getting ready for his twenty second season by taking part in an exhibition match in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz in Riyadh on Wednesday.
He mentioned he had already discovered a lot from Brady.
“Tom Brady is a good instance of a champion in his sport and somebody that has had such an incredible profession and longevity,” Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam champion, informed reporters within the Saudi capital.
“He has put a variety of hours and a variety of time into self-care, into restoration, into ensuring that in a method each facet of his physique and thoughts is roofed in order that he can have a long-lasting, profitable profession.
“I do know him personally and I discovered so much from him, from his instance, and hopefully I can have a profession that goes as much as 40 or possibly even past — let’s have a look at.”
Djokovic additionally mentioned: “I really feel nice in my very own physique proper now and I have been taking part in some actually high-quality tennis.”
He added: “2023 was among the finest seasons I’ve had in my life and why cease whilst you’re nonetheless taking part in nice? So I will hold going and take [each] yr, one after the other, and see how far I am going.”
Alcaraz received Wimbledon’s different Grand Slam title in a five-set thriller in opposition to the Serbian legend who welcomed the 20-year-old Spaniard’s rise, particularly as Roger Federer retires and Rafael Nadal enters his closing season.
Djokovic will make his closing preparations for a tilt at an eleventh Australian Open title by representing his nation within the United Cup in Perth and Sydney within the first week of the brand new yr.