Dudi Sela to retire after 2022 season, reveals his plans post-retirement

Former world No. 29 Dudi Sela plans to retire after the 2022 season.

Sela, 36, kicked off his 2022 season on Monday at Melbourne Park.

Sela, now ranked at No. 384 in the world, stood no chance against Mario Vilella Martinez in his Australian Open qualifying opener as the Spaniard claimed a routine 6-3 6-2 win. 

“Always the fans are amazing in Melbourne and have helped me so much when I play here [at the Australian Open],” Sela told The First Serve’s Jedd Zetzer.

After retiring, Sela plans to move to Australia with his family. 

“Two years ago when I was here the last time, my wife and I decided we wanted to go and live somewhere for two to three years. We love Melbourne, Australia, so we said let’s try for a few years. It is lovely here, the kids will learn English,” Sela exclaimed.

“So we started the visa process for all of us, but unfortunately, covid came and made things very difficult.”

Sela determined to get a visa into Australia 

“I am meeting with the lawyer that helps me with the visa to come here with my family on Thursday to see what’s going on,” Sela revealed. 

“We really wanted to come here two years ago. Things have changed a little bit but we really desperately want to come here to see how life is here in Melbourne, Australia and to see if I can maybe do something here in tennis. 

“I am going to meet with the lawyer here on Thursday and after that, I am going to leave.

“I still plan to move here if it is possible.”

Also, Sela revealed that he doesn’t plan to play much in 2022.

“For the rest of the year I am not going to play a lot of tournaments, I’m going to go back to my academy and try and raise the new generation,” Sela added.

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