“Can’t Even Have a Stringer”: Novak Djokovic Doubtful Over Tokyo Olympics Participation After Wimbledon Triumph

Published 07/11/2021, 2:55 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 Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


For any athlete, breaking records at an event will always be prestigious. Now, world number one Novak Djokovic has the opportunity to become the first men’s singles player to achieve a golden slam in a single year.

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There is only one tennis player who achieved the Golden Slam in a calendar and it’s none other than the legendary Steffi Graf. After winning her first slam title at Roland Garros in 1987, Graf went on to win all four major titles in 1988 before striking gold at the Olympic games in Seoul.

PARIS – JUNE 6: Tennis players Steffi Graf (L) and Andre Agassi attend the Foundation Graf-Agassi exhibition charity match presented by Longines at the Stade Roland Garros on June 6, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)

 

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Having won three majors in 2021, there is a high chance for the Serbian tennis star to achieve this impossible feat. Even before the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic mentioned his intention to go to the Tokyo Olympics this year in pursuit of gold.

But, the newly-formed restrictions at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, which didn’t allow players to have an entourage along with empty fans in the stadium, prompted a different response from the world number one.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

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With a lot of players like Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Denis Shapovalov announcing their exits from the Summer games, Djokovic was half-minded now in his decision to go to Tokyo.

“Will have to think about it” – Novak Djokovic yet to take a call over Tokyo Olympics participation

I can’t even have a stringer, lot of restrictions. I will have to think about it. Plan was always to go, but now it’s 50-50″, said the Serb post victory at Wimbledon.

Even Roger Federer expressed doubts over his participation at the Tokyo games. While Djokovic didn’t write off his plans of going for a golden slam, chances are slim that he will make it to Tokyo.

With a steep rise in COVID cases across the country, the Japanese government imposed stringent regulations for athletes participating in the Olympics.

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The world number one also mentioned the fact the he might not be able to travel with his employee who strings his racquets made him divided over the decision to play in Tokyo.

A final confirmation from Djokovic’s team is expected in the coming few days over the Olympics situation. With a lot of players withdrawing, it’s a golden opportunity for other tennis stars to have their hands on the gold medal in what can be called a rare opportunity.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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