Novak Djokovic has said that he is hungry for more success and that's one of the main reasons why he is still active. Djokovic, 35, has won on pretty much every level and he is the second on the all-time Grand Slam list with 21 Majors.
Also, Djokovic holds the record for the most weeks spent at the top position. “I still want to play tennis even though I achieved pretty much everything that you can achieve in tennis," Djokovic said, per Sportskeeda.
"I still have passion and hunger to play at a highest professional level”.
Djokovic on his decision to play the Tel Aviv Open
This week, the inaugural edition of the Tel Aviv Open is taking place. After Tel Aviv, Djokovic is also scheduled to play at the Astana Open.
“I was committed to playing at the Laver Cup, and I also wanted to play for three weeks in a row, so Tel Aviv was a perfect choice for me. Also because I haven't been here for a while, and the last time here, I had a fantastic experience," Djokovic explained.
However, this is not the first time that Djokovic is playing in Israel. In 2006, Djokovic represented Serbia during their Davis Cup tie versus Israel. 16 years later, Djokovic still perfectly remembers the atmosphere from the Serbia and Israel tie.
“It was the loudest atmosphere I ever experienced, very passionate people for sport here. I love to see that,” Djokovic said. “This week is mostly about tennis for me, I hope to play well here and to see a lot of people come to watch my matches”.
Djokovic, the top-seeded player in the Tel Aviv main draw, has a first-round bye at the tournament. In the Tel Aviv round-of-16, Djokovic plays Pablo Andujar who defeated Thiago Monteiro in the first round. Djokovic is the top favorite at the tournament and it remains to be seen if the Serb can clinch his third title of the year this week.