Djokovic’s Tennis Future: Former Coach Bold Prediction

Nikola Pilic, the former coach of Novak Djokovic, has offered insights into the Serbian’s tennis longevity amid retirement rumors. At 36, Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam champion, concluded a remarkable 2023 season with a Davis Cup semi-final loss to Italy’s Jannik Sinner.

Reflecting on his time coaching Djokovic in Munich, Pilic suggested that, barring injuries, Djokovic could sustain top-level competition for another two years.

Despite a stellar 2023, the Serbian’s season concluded on a painful note, raising speculations about the duration of his continued presence in professional tennis.

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“It depends on his health condition, but in my opinion, if Djokovic is not injured, he has two more years of playing at the top level. If there are no injuries, he has two more years of playing among the top five tennis players.” The 84-year-old clarified in an interview with the Serbian news source Kurir.

“It doesn’t matter if he’s second or fourth, it’s important that he’s there. Knowing him and his professionalism and desire, it is very likely that there will be more than two, but I repeat, only Novak can know and only he can decide how long he will play.”

Djokovic’s Triumphs, Ambitions, and the 2024 Australian Open Quest

Highlighting Djokovic’s recent triumph in the ATP Finals, where he defeated Jannik Sinner, he emphatically expressed his commitment to continue.

Setting his sights on a “Golden Slam” for the next year, Djokovic aims to secure all major titles and an Olympic gold medal.


Throughout 2023, Djokovic showcased dominance, featuring in all four Grand Slam finals and claiming victory in three—the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open. However, Wimbledon saw him facing defeat at the hands of Carlos Alcaraz.

Looking ahead to 2024, Djokovic gears up to initiate his campaign by pursuing victory at the Australian Open, aiming to establish a historic record with his tenth triumph in the tournament.

His relentless pursuit of excellence underscores his determination to etch his name further in tennis history.

Dominic Spinley

Dominic Spinley

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