Although Houdet turns 50 next month, he has decided to postpone his retirement until the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The wheelchair tennis event will be held at Roland-Garros, where he has won two singles titles and seven doubles championships.
The Frenchman said he had initially planned to bow out in 2018 to focus on a full-time job in the French army aimed at rehabbing soldiers through sports, but changed his mind when Paris won the bid to host the Summer Games.
Houdet may have won almost everything there is to win in his sport, but he still feels like he can improve.
“In tennis, it’s funny, the day you win, you don’t have time to celebrate, because the week after, you have to defend, and every opponent wants to beat you,” said Houdet, a Roland-Garros champion in 2012 and 2013.
“It’s the kind of thing that is never finished. And when you lose, you have another opportunity to win, so for me, it’s more about what I can improve, all the time.”