With Roger Federer plotting his 2017 season at age 35 and Rafael Nadal, age 30, back in the elite mix, double Olympic champion Andy Murray is working out plans for extending his own time in tennis after turning 29.
The Scot is onto one of the best patches his career, winning 22 straight matches before going down to Marin Cilic in the Cincinnati final.
His next big test begins this week at the US Open.
Murray wants to increase his grand slam title count from its current three while he still has reasonable chances of doing so.
“I would imagine if I’m lucky I’d be playing at this level for three, four more years, max,” he said.
“It’s not easy to do that. I hope I’m still playing like this when I’m 38 years old but it’s pretty unlikely so I’m actually using that as a positive that you have to make the most of every opportunity.
“It’s a slightly different mentality to maybe when you’re younger and like you feel like you have a bit more time on your side.
“I want to make the most of every tournament I play in and try and win and achieve as much as I can the next few years.”
Murray owns four titles this season, lifting all of them since his birthday in May; he has also competed in all three finals at the majors in 2016, winning Wimbledon while losing Melbourne and Paris.