“Came Down to Patriotism”: Novak Djokovic Most Likely to Play Mixed Doubles at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/19/2021, 12:41 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs


Fans were naturally excited when World No.1 Novak Djokovic confirmed his participation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He recently won his third Grand Slam title of the year at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and is currently enjoying some terrific form.

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As of now, it is confirmed that Djokovic will begin as the top-seeded player in the men’s singles category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, there is some more positive news for fans as he’ll also likely play in the mixed doubles category.

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In a recent interview, Serbian player, Nina Stojanovic said that she would most probably play mixed doubles with the World No.1 player. She is also representing Serbia in the women’s doubles category along with her partner on court, Aleksandra Krunic.

Even though Stojanovic is playing in the doubles category, Nole will not be partnering with anyone in the men’s doubles category. Thus, he’ll only have two opportunities where he can secure an Olympic Gold for his nation.

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“Came down to patriotism”: Novak Djokovic on why he is playing at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Djokovic was uncertain of featuring at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after winning the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title. However, he revealed what forced him to change his mind.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs

“It came down to patriotism and my feelings for Serbia,” said Djoker in an interview.

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He expressed that even though he will surely miss the fans on the court, he just couldn’t miss the biggest sporting event.

Novak Djokovic has the golden opportunity to become the second player to achieve the Golden Slam this year. If he wins an Olympic Gold and then succeeds at the US Open 2021, he’ll accomplish the Golden Calendar Slam after Steffi Graf. It is surely a tough task but is not impossible for the Serbinator. Will he be able to end the year as the World No.1 player?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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