“If Spectators Are Allowed”: Novak Djokovic Puts Forward a Condition Over Tokyo Olympics 2021 Participation

Published 05/27/2021, 11:51 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic has made a big announcement regarding his Tokyo Olympics 2021 participation. More precisely, he has put forward a condition to travel to Japan for the Games this year.


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Given the ongoing pandemic crisis, the Japanese government and the tournament organisers will allow any overseas family members into the country. However, they are yet to give a 100% confirmation on whether the tournament will take place in July or not.

Last year, the Tokyo Olympics did not take place because of the coronavirus outbreak. So what will be its fate this year?


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Novak Djokovic takes a big call on Tokyo Olympics 2021

Currently, the 18-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is contesting at the ATP Belgrade-2 2021. He defeated Argentine Federico Coria to reach his second semifinal on home soil this year.

In his post-match press conference, an interviewer inquired whether he is looking forward to playing in Tokyo this year. The Serbian ace answered straightforwardly.

“I plan to play the Olympics if spectators are allowed,” Djokovic said. “If not, I will think twice before participating,” Clearly, he is now tired of playing without the fans in the auditoriums.

(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Additionally, many top players, including Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, and Kei Nishikori, have expressed different concerns. While Serena and Rafa are still unsure about their calendar, Federer demanded clarity on the tournament commencement. The Japanese locals, however, call the schedule in the current situation questionable.

Hopefully, the Tokyo Olympics 2021 organisers and the Japanese government will soon make the final call. For now, the tournament has July 23 – August 8 dates.

Besides that, top tennis players are looking forward to playing at Roland-Garros 2021 from next week onwards.

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Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer in the same half at Roland-Garros 2021

The triumvirate of tennis – Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer are in the same half of the draw in Paris. It means that only one of them will reach the finals.


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Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Thus, tennis fans have an exciting couple of weeks with scintillating matchups at the French Open 2021. Moreover, the next-generation players now have a legitimate chance to try their luck.

Do you think Nadal will successfully defend this crown? Or is it time for someone to snatch it from him?


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