Following a slew of withdrawals from the Tokyo Olympics, Novak Djokovic makes a Golden Slam choice.
The world number one wants to make history by becoming the first guy to win all four Majors and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Despite a recent run of high-profile withdrawals, Novak Djokovic has reaffirmed that he would compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Over the last few days, a number of players have decided not to compete in Japan, but the world number one will continue his quest for the Golden Slam in the coming weeks.
Djokovic has been unstoppable in 2021, winning the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, bringing his Grand Slam total to 20.
The 34-year-old is currently tied with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and has a chance to complete an unprecedented Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
In men’s tennis, such a feat has never been accomplished, but Steffi Graf, a legend in the women’s game, did it in 1988.
Many players have withdrawn from the Olympics, but Djokovic insists he would still compete in Tokyo despite fears about an increase in coronavirus infections.
He remarked on Twitter, “I am very proud to pack for Tokyo and join our national team in the fight for the brightest medals in the Olympic arenas.”
“The game for Serbia has always been a source of great joy and motivation for me, and I will do everything in my power to make us all happy! Let’s get started.”
Djokovic’s confirmed participation in the Games is a timely boost for the organizers, who have recently been rocked by a slew of withdrawals.
While Federer’s decision was made due to a knee ailment sustained at Wimbledon, many others have been unable to travel because of COVID-19.
Following positive drug tests, British number one Dan Evans and Johanna Konta will not compete.
In the men’s singles, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, and Stan Wawrinka will not compete.
Meanwhile, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Angelique Kerber, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Victoria Azarenka, and Serena Williams are among the top female tennis players who will not compete in Japan.
Kerber stated that her “body needs a rest,” while Azarenka claimed “pandemic problems” as her reason for quitting.
Due to a. “Brinkwire Summary News,” the Tokyo Olympics will be held behind closed doors, with no fans allowed to attend.