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“There has by no means been something in sport like Nole”



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After shedding within the first spherical within the Montpellier match, Richard Gasquet, ATP No. 131, gave an interview to l’Equipe, talking in regards to the consciousness that his physique can now not help him because it did when he was younger.

The Frenchman made a comparability with Novak Djokovic, who at his age nonetheless appears to be at full energy.

“My physique is destined to worsen. Aside from Djokovic, who wins the Slams at virtually 37 years outdated. Has there ever been something comparable in sport, other than maybe Michael Jordan? Lionel Messi performs in Miami, the others in Saudi Arabia , however Nole is the world #1. I can not perceive why somebody like Djokovic is so sturdy at that age,” mentioned Gasquet.

“At 37-38, you are normally inferior to you had been at 25. I do know that nicely. I by no means thought I would be enjoying at 38. It was unimaginable,” defined the Frenchman.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Daniel Pockett / Stringer Getty Photos Sport

 

Gasquet in the direction of the tip of his skilled profession

Gasquet then defined how his present bodily situation makes the duty of taking to the court docket tough.

“You may’t undergo that a lot on the pitch. That is what is going to make me cease: bodily ache. If I really feel like I can not win a match anymore, if I really feel ache, if I can not bear it anymore, if I can not make an effort… It is slightly tougher than final yr.

In 2024 I’ve not achieved good outcomes up to now. Once you’re French, both the French Open or Bercy. As did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon. I am serious about it slightly, however not an excessive amount of,” he instructed.

Time passes for everybody, or virtually everybody. Even for a champion like Gasquet. The French tennis participant, after an extended profession that lasted till the age of 37, is severely serious about when he’ll cease enjoying tennis.

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