ADORABLE! Novak Djokovic Drops Huge Hint for Tokyo Olympics as He Sends Heartwarming Gesture to 6-Year-Old

Published 07/15/2021, 5:16 AM 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


Doubts continue to exist over the participation of various players at the Tokyo Olympics. While Japan declared a new state of emergency, Roger Federer announced his withdrawal to increase those doubts. However, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recently made a gesture that suggested he won’t join the withdrawal list.

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Ahead of the global sporting spectacle, the Serbian surprised a young fan on his sixth birthday.

Novak Djokovic indirectly confirms his participation in the Tokyo Olympics

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With Japan declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19, fans will not attend the Olympics in stadiums. However, prior to this announcement, several players on the ATP tour had already announced their withdrawal from the quadrennial event.

This list includes high-profile players like Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Denis Shapovalov, who rank in the Top 10. Recently, Federer joined that list citing a knee injury after his quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon.

However, six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic looks highly unlikely to join that list. While doubts on his participation existed earlier, the World No. 1 quashed those doubts with a heartwarming gesture for a young fan.

In the video, the Serbian wishes a young six-year-old named Kojirou on his birthday via a video message. He said, “Konnichi wa Kojirou! Happy birthday, my friend! Happy 6 birthday! You’re looking great. I’m following your tennis, your progress. All the best! I wish you luck and hopefully, I can see you in Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Although fans cannot attend the Games at the stadium, this gesture might reassure ‘Djoker’ fans of his participation in Tokyo.

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Although the Serb is in exquisite form, he still faces pressure in terms of creating history. While he chases a Golden Slam this year, he carries immense confidence heading to Tokyo.

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, the Serbian is the only one among the ‘Big 3’ to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. With several high-profile stars dropping out of the Olympics, this could be Djokovic’s best chance to clinch his first gold medal at the Games.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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