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Novak Djokovic drops clear retirement hint as Serb details ‘big wish’ ahead of return

Novak Djokovic has hinted at his tennis future in the wake of reports that his anti-vaccine position could make it difficult for him to compete in big tournaments. The 34-year-old had a dreadful experience in Melbourne last month, when his bid to regain the Australian Open was thwarted when he was deported before the tournament began.

Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open after ‘big three’ rival Rafael Nadal won the tournament, bringing his Grand Slam tally to an incredible 21.

After talking up about his resistance to compulsory Covid vaccinations, the Serb is set to face more issues at Indian Wells, and possibly the French Open as well.

As he prepares to return to competitive activity at the Dubai Tennis Championships next week, fans and respected figures have speculated on his future in the sport.

The 34-year-old had a dreadful experience in Melbourne last month, when his bid to regain the Australian Open was thwarted when he was deported before the tournament began.

Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open after ‘big three’ rival Rafael Nadal won the tournament, bringing his Grand Slam tally to an incredible 21.

After talking up about his resistance to compulsory Covid vaccinations, the Serb is set to face more issues at Indian Wells, and possibly the French Open as well.

As he prepares to return to competitive activity at the Dubai Tennis Championships next week, fans and respected figures have speculated on his future in the sport.

And, in a recent interview, Djokovic claimed that he had ambitions to compete until 2024, implying that his retirement could be more than two years away.

“Winning an Olympic medal, particularly gold, is always a major desire,” he told Serbian Radio Television.

“Unfortunately, I’ve never had the opportunity to fight for it before.” In 2024, I intend to visit Paris.

“In Tokyo, I rewound my match with [Alexander] Zverev several times, trying to figure out what went wrong.”

“I had been playing brilliantly up to that point, but I did sense I was running on fumes physically and mentally.”

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