Jimmy Connors, the American tennis icon, perceives no foreseeable end to Novak Djokovic’s successful tennis career until he is decisively overpowered on the court. At 36, Djokovic continues to exert a commanding presence in the world of tennis, persistently seizing victories on premier platforms.
Following his back-to-back triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, Djokovic also managed to make it to the Wimbledon final, ultimately succumbing to Carlos Alcaraz in a gripping five-set match. Drawing from his own experience as an eight-time Grand Slam winner, Connors affirms that were he in Djokovic’s shoes, he’d continue to play as long as his reign on the court remains unchallenged.
In a humorous yet profound sentiment shared on Twitter, Connors expressed his admiration for a hypothetical scenario where Djokovic, even in his fifties, continues to hold court at Wimbledon. He emphasized the necessity of keeping Djokovic on the court until someone definitively defeats him. After all, as Connors observed on his podcast, Advantage Connors, Alcaraz is currently the only player to do so.
Over the years, the younger generation has found it challenging to outplay Djokovic in Grand Slam events. Yet, Carlos Alcaraz, only twenty years old, accomplished this feat in the Wimbledon final. Connors holds a high regard for Alcaraz, foreseeing a promising future for the young Spanish player before his retirement. With a potential career span of 13 more years, Alcaraz could participate in about 48 more Slams, assuming his passion, commitment, and humility remain consistent.
According to Connors, if Alcaraz maintains his humility, understanding that hard work is a requisite for success rather than assuming victories will come easily, he could potentially secure around 15 more Slam titles. Alcaraz’s visible passion, enthusiasm, and love for the sport are, in Connors’ opinion, a sign of his continued success in the future.