Novak Djokovic said his best doubles memory was created with Jonathan Erlich and that's why he is looking forward to being a part of Erlich's final tournament. Djokovic, 35, is set to play doubles with 45-year-old Erlich at the Tel Aviv Open.
In 2010, Djokovic and Erlich won the Queen's doubles title. That was Djokovic's first and lone doubles title. Now that Erlich is retiring, he expressed a desire to team up with Djokovic in his final tournament. "I know this is going to be your last tournament," Djokovic said in a message to Erlich.
"The best memory of my life in doubles was with you. You gave me the pleasure of winning the only doubles title of my life in Queen's. You've always been very friendly towards me and towards my team. Everybody loves you and everybody will miss you on the tour.
I look forward to seeing you in Tel Aviv in your 'last dance'"
Djokovic hampered by a wrist issue
On Saturday, Djokovic dismantled Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-3 at the Laver Cup. The following day, Djokovic was far from his best level as Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Djokovic 6-3 7-6 (3).
"I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four, five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control," he said. "The two matches yesterday probably had an effect. Today was not easy. I couldn't serve as fast or as accurately as I would like to.
That has affected the whole game. Could be not playing matches almost three months, and then conditions here are such that the balls are really big and slow. You always have to generate a lot of wrist action and speed, which could be the case why I have been feeling soreness."
In the Tel Aviv Open singles event, Djokovic is the top seed and has a first-round bye. In the doubles event, Djokovic and Erlich will be taking on Sander Arends and Bart Stevens.