(Paris) At 36, Novak Djokovic has no intention of retiring and even sees himself playing until he is forty or older, he said Tuesday on the sidelines of an exhibition match he is playing in Saudi Arabia.

“I hope my career can extend to 40 and beyond. I feel good in my body. I play high quality tennis, 2023 has been one of the best seasons of my life. Why stop when you’re still playing really well? I will continue, take the years one by one and see how far it goes,” said the Serb in a video interview conducted on the occasion of the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup.

The man with 24 Grand Slam tournaments took as an example the great American football player Tom Brady, whom he “knows personally and from whom he learned a lot”.

“He’s a superb example of a champion who had a great career and longevity. “He spent a lot of time looking after himself and recovering well to ensure he took care of all aspects of his body and mind in order to have a long and successful career,” he said. he says.

Djokovic must face his young Spanish rival Carlos Alcaraz on Wednesday in an exhibition match before heading to Perth where he will play the United Cup, his preparation event for the Australian Open (January 14-28).