On July 16, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic announced that he is going to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. He further confirmed in his tweet that he has already booked his flight for Tokyo. He will proudly be joining Team Serbia for the Olympics. Djokovic has won the French Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open in 2021 and has the chance to be the first man to win Golden Slam if he wins the gold medal in Tokyo Olympics and US Open.
The only tennis player who got the victory in all four majors and the Olympic gold medal to win Golden Slam is Steffi Graf, who accomplished this in 1988. After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic was in confusion and was 50-50 on the thought of competing in the Tokyo Olympics. He said that the lack of the presence of his fans due to Covid-19 restrictions is making him less interested in going there. Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in men’s tennis for the major singles titles.
Federer and Nadal are also part of the list of players who are opting not to compete in the Olympics this year. The players who are not going to Tokyo are Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Vasek Pospisil, and Victoria Azarenka. The Olympics will start on July 23, and the US Open is to begin from August 30 in New York.
Shocked to See Djokovic Getting Better
Pat Cash, the former Wimbledon Champion, has spoken that it is shocking to think Novak is getting better and the way he is continuing to improve while adding strings to his bow. Cash, the Australian player who won at the All England Club in 1987, got marveled at the athleticism and focus of Djokovic during his Wimbledon victory.
Djokovic prevailed in all four sets against Berrettini to claim the crown at The Championships. Cash said that Djokovic is a phenomenal athlete, and he is adding strings to his bow continuously. It is shocking to think that he is getting better. He added that Djokovic has got the determination and mental focus to win. In the match with Berrettini, Djokovic struggled a bit in the first set but soon, he was back. Cash said that everyone knows the Serbian player as an amazing returner, and one has to be a great athlete to get all those shots.