Melbourne, Australia, Jan 14 (EFE).- Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic said at a press conference prior to the start of the Australian Open that the reason he continues playing tennis is to be the best of all time.
“Of course it is a motivation for me to be the tennis player with the greatest number of Grand Slam titles. I want to be the best and win the best tournaments, there is nothing to hide about it,” said the Balkan, who will have the option of climbing exponentially in the ATP ranking after not playing the competition last year after being deported from the country for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.
“The amount of positive experiences I have had in Australia outweighs the negative experience of last year. If I held a grudge, maybe he wouldn’t be here today,” he said after being questioned about his ability to overcome the setback he experienced last year in Melbourne.
The champion of 21 major titles also missed the US Open, as well as the entire previous tour in this country, for the same reason and said he invested all that time to improve tennis and physically.
“The fact that I did not play for several months at the beginning of last year allowed me to meet with my team and work on my physique and my tennis, which has contributed to obtaining positive results,” said Djokovic, who will face off in the first round against Spaniard Roberto Carballes.
The man from Belgrade also said he has had to deal with a hamstring injury for the past week, adding that he is confident it will not be a serious problem for the next two weeks.
“Obviously I am being a little more cautious. I’m not going to the maximum in the training sessions, I’m saving energy for next week. I hope it won’t cause me any kind of problem during the tournament,” he said. EFE