After Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Is Novak Djokovic Close to Withdrawing From Tokyo Olympics 2021?

Published 07/13/2021, 1:26 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently made history after winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. The Serbian legend played some fantastic tennis and defeated Matteo Berrettini in four sets to clinch his sixth Wimbledon title. The final scoreline of the match was 6(4)-7(7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

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Fans are wondering what is next to accomplish for Novak Djokovic. The Tokyo Olympics 2021 are just two weeks away but Nole has not confirmed whether he will be playing there or not.

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 Djokovic in a recent interview.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first-round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

Djokovic is certainly not 100% sure about his participation at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. He is still thinking about it and seems quite unhappy with the restrictions there. Also, he has been playing a lot of tennis since the beginning of the clay-court season and his body surely demands some rest ahead of the US Open 2021. Thus, his chances of playing there are not really high at this moment.

His arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also withdrawn from the biggest sporting event. Even Nick Kyrgios is not playing at the Olympics this year because of the restrictions there.

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Novak Djokovic can achieve a Golden Slam if he wins an Olympic Gold

With Rafa and Roger not playing, Djokovic has a golden opportunity to win a Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year. If he wins that and then succeeds at the US Open 2021, he’ll become only the second player to accomplish a Golden Slam after Stefanie Graf.

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

In addition, Djoker will also equalize Rafa’s record as the Spaniard also has an Olympic gold against his name. This will make him move one step ahead in the G.O.A.T debate as well.

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However, there are very slight chances of such a thing taking place. Even though Djokovic has not officially withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics 2021, some fans believe that the announcement can come anytime soon. Will Djokovic shock everyone and play at the Olympic Games despite not getting sufficient rest?

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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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