Novak Djokovic reveals his inspiration to continue playing tennis until age 40 and possibly beyond, drawing from the example set by NFL legend Tom Brady. The 36-year-old Djokovic is in Saudi Arabia for an exhibition match against world No.2 Carlos Alcaraz as part of his preparation for the 2024 season. He expressed his eagerness to continue competing at a high level, citing Brady’s 23-season career that ended at age 44. Djokovic emphasized his readiness to prolong his career, highlighting his great physical condition and successful 2023 season.
Meanwhile, Tim Henman believes that Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner is narrowing the gap to be the next successor to Djokovic, similar to Carlos Alcaraz. Henman praised Sinner’s impressive performances towards the end of 2023, signaling his potential to make a significant impact in 2024. As Sinner and Alcaraz train together, Henman observed that their matches have been exceptional, with Sinner’s remarkable ball striking and power from the back of the court.
In addition, former world No.1 Naomi Osaka is making a comeback in the Brisbane International tournament after giving birth to her daughter. Preparing for the Australian Open, Osaka is training in Brisbane, along with other notable tennis players such as Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, and Dominic Thiem. The competition boasts a competitive lineup, including Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, and Victoria Azarenka, among others. Osaka’s return to the tennis court marks a significant milestone in her career following a period of absence.