Stepanek has no plans to retire, wants to win Grand Slam match in his 40s

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The 37-year-old Czech fell to Kyrgios in the first round of Wimbledon. (AP)

LONDON—Radek Stepanek is not planning on retiring.

On the contrary, he's continuing to set goals for himself. 

The 37-year-old Czech fell to Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the first round of Wimbledon, with Kyrgios saying they had talked about a coaching relationship.

But Stepanek is not switching careers just yet. 

"Definitely I'm not thinking about retiring," he said in a press conference following the match.

Stepanek, who took Andy Murray to five sets in the first round of the French Open, is making a comeback from a leg injury that sidelined him in 2015. He hopes to win a Grand Slam match in his 40s, inspired by Jimmy Connors, who won a match at the U.S. Open as a 40-year-old in 1992.

"We set a goal with my conditioning coach,” he said. “Jimmy Connors was the oldest man to win a match in a Grand Slam. I'm the second oldest, so it would be great to get that [record] as well.”

Kyrgios, who stopped working with his previous coach a year ago, told journalists that Stepanek had been helping him intermittently. 

"I don't really know what I want yet with a coach,” said Kyrgios, who has Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt helping him. “So for me, [it’s nice] just to have him give me advice here and there while his career is still going. You never know ... When he stops, he might step into a role where I might bring him along to tournaments. I don't know.

"I'm more than willing to give it a go with a guy like that, that has had such great success for a long time."

Asked about coaching Kyrgios, Stepanek said he would be interested in the position once he hangs up his racquet.

"We talked [a] few times together,” Stepanek said. “I think Nick has great potential. If [eventually] he thinks I can help him, why not?"

Stepanek is No. 121 in the rankings.

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