Slovenian Aljaz Bedin played his last professional match at Roland Garros this Friday. The 32-year-old tennis player has decided that he will retire from professional tennis to devote himself to managing football players across Europe.
Baden spoke with Serbian newspaper Sport Club before facing Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros bracket and reaching his third loss against world No. 1 without winning a set.
To the newspaper, Baden called the 2022 season his “last dance” and described how he had dealt with the farewell process: “I decided last season that this would be my ‘last dance’. I hope the results are the best.” I won’t play a lot of tournaments. I haven’t trained as much as I used to, because I’m at other jobs, but I love tennis and feel good about the ball. It’s a great feeling for me.
Professional since 2008, Bedin came to defend the flag of the United Kingdom (where he lived) for 4 seasons, but returned to play for his country of origin considering the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, for which he Couldn’t qualify. His best ATP ranking ever was 43rd in the world in February 2018.
Having lived his entire career against the so-called ‘Big 3’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic), Baden told Sport Club how he sees these rivals ending his career: “I think the race I only have two of them (Okay for the best in history, Federer certainly plays better tennis, but I believe Noelle will be a player with other Slams and Masters. In the end, he will be the one – the Goat) “
Asked if he already knew what he was going to do after retirement, Bedin commented: “I already know what I’m going to do, I love tennis and football. I’m working on some projects in the business, let’s see how it goes. It ends. Davis with Estonia, it’s everything to me. I know many athletes who have finished their careers, so They didn’t know what to do with themselves, so they couldn’t… I wish I wasn’t that, so I’m already doing other things that interest me. I hope that in the end everything will be fine”, he admitted, adding that he has worked with a sports marketing and football agency.