Tokyo Olympics: 2021 Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. After claiming his 20th major Grand Slam title last week, Djokovic had said “It’s kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.” – but finally the World No. 1 tennis player has confirmed his participation at the Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics: Great news, Novak Djokovic confirms ‘he will compete at Tokyo Olympics & attempt Golden Slam’
He further stated that he was disheartened to discover last week’s news about the absence of fans at Olympic tennis matches.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 15, 2021
The world number one lifted his third title of the year at the All England Club a week ago and is now on course to try to complete tennis’ ‘Golden Slam‘. For that, the Serb would need to win gold at the Olympics and win the US Open title. No other male athlete has achieved this feat.
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American tennis star Serena Williams has also decided to skip the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
“Yeah, I’m actually not on the Olympic list, so… Not that I’m aware of. If so, then I shouldn’t be on it,” Sky Sports quoted Williams in a media interaction ahead of the Wimbledon.
“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t really want to – I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”
“I have not thought about it. In the past it’s been a wonderful place for me. I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it,” Serena added.
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal had announced that he has decided to skip this year’s Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 13-time French Open champion said his goal is to prolong his career and to compete at the highest level of the sport.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss (discussing) it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal said in a statement on Twitter.
“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition,” he added.