After Serbia’s miserable defeat at Davis Cup Finals 2019, Novak Djokovic divulged his 2020 goals. First of all, the Serbian legend aims to be healthy for the new season and a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is on his priority list.
“Personally, the biggest resolution, New Year’s resolution, and biggest wish is to be healthy and to spend as much quality time with my family and to have laughs with my kids and with my wife, my brothers. For me, that’s the number one thing,” said Novak Djokovic.
“Tennis-wise, professionally, Olympics is definitely very high on the list of wishes for next year. So I’m going to try to be healthy, be fit, be prepared to play my best. I played the Tokyo tournament, I won it this year. And the Olympic Games are going to be played on the same courts, which are quite good for my style of the game, I think it’s quite suitable,” the Serb continued.
In order to familiarise with the court conditions during Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic played the ATP tournament in Japan in the first week of October 2019. Without dropping a set, the top-seed, Djokovic held the title at Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.
The event was held at Ariake Coliseum and it is also the venue assigned for the tennis events at the Japanese Summer Olympics 2020.
“So I look forward to it. I think it’s going to be fun. Olympics are always bringing something extraordinary I think. Every four years you get a chance to be part of the most historic sports events in the history of the sport,” the World Number two added.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic is determined to clinch a medal for Serbia in Tokyo. During 2008, Djokovic won the bronze medal for Serbia after defeating James Blake in the bronze medal match. That year, the Serb lost to the gold medalist, Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
At the London Olympics 2012, Djokovic was chosen as the flag bearer for Serbia. He lost to the gold medalist, Andy Murray in the semifinals and in the bronze medal match, Djokovic surrendered his medal to Juan Martin del Potro. During the Rio Olympics 2016, Djokovic against lost to Del Potro, but this time it was in the first round.
“You never get really a chance to, other than Olympics, to really sit next to all the elite athletes from their sports and dine with them and just exchange experiences and knowledge and everything. Just, there’s a lot of storytelling, a lot of fun. I like that part as well and hopefully I can also have a successful Olympic Games where I can have a chance to win a medal,” Djokovic mentioned.