Tennis-Djokovic confirms he will participate in the Tokyo Games
July 16 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo as the Serbian remains on track to win the Golden Slam in tennis.
Djokovic completed the third step towards achieving the Golden Slam last weekend when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros triumphs in 2021.
No man has ever won all four slams and an Olympic gold medal in the same year, with Germany’s Steffi Graf the only player to have achieved the feat in 1988.
After winning at Wimbledon, Djokovic said he was â50-50â about the competition from July 23 through August. 8 Games following the decision of the organizers to prohibit the participation of fans and the restrictions on the number of people he can take to the Games. Read more
But the 34-year-old said on Thursday he had booked his flight to Tokyo.
“I am very proud to be packing for Tokyo and joining our national team in the fight for the brightest medals on the Olympic arenas,” tweeted Djokovic, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and motivation and I will do my best to make us all happy! Let’s go.”
Some of the biggest names in the sport, including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep have already announced their decision to skip the Games, which has been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
Report by Manasi Pathak in Bangalore; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
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