Novak Djokovic confirms he WILL compete in Tokyo Olympic Games as Wimbledon champion bids to become first men’s player ever to complete tennis’ Golden Slam with gold medal this summer and victory at US Open
- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are among the stars to pull out of the Games
- Novak Djokovic said he was ’50-50′ about going after winning Wimbledon
- But the Serbian has now confirmed on Twitter that he will be heading to Tokyo
- Djokovic won Olympic bronze in 2008 but was without a medal in 2012 and 2016
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will ‘proudly’ represent Serbia at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Serbian’s main rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as well as British duo Dan Evans and Jo Konta are among a host of names that have already pulled out of the Games.
The 34-year-old said he was ’50-50′ about competing in the Olympics at the weekend after winning a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam by defeating Matteo Berrettini in the final at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will ‘proudly’ represent Serbia at this summer’s Olympic Games
The Serbian’s main rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have pulled out of the Games
But posting on Twitter, Djokovic confirmed: ‘I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining #TeamSerbia for the Olympics.’
Djokovic appeared hesitant to travel to Tokyo last week after admitting the news that fans would not be allowed to attend due to a rise in Covid-19 cases was playing on his mind.
‘That was really disappointing to hear,’ he said. ‘I also hear that there’s going to be a lot of restrictions within the [athletes’] village. Possibly you would not be able to see other athletes perform live.
‘I can’t even have my stringer that is very important part of my team. I’m limited with the amount of people I can take in my team as well.
Djokovic said he was ’50-50′ about heading to Tokyo after winning Wimbledon last weekend
Djokovic was seen in tears after losing in the opening round at the 2016 Games in Rio
‘Right now I’m a little bit divided. It’s kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.’
But now his decision means he remains on course to become the first ever male player to win tennis’ Golden Slam, with former Germany women’s star Steffi Graf the only player ever to complete it in 1988.
Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final in January and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open final last month before defeating Italian Berrettini on Sunday, but now needs to win Olympic gold and the US Open to complete another historic feat.
Djokovic was toppled in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio five years ago by Juan Martin del Potro.
He was defeated by Andy Murray in 2012 but did win a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008
It was a rematch of the bronze medal match from London 2012, when del Potro again emerged victorious after the Serbian was defeated by Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
The bronze medal did not escape Djokovic’s grasp in Beijing four years earlier however, making light work of the US’ James Blake after the Serbian had lost to Nadal in the last four.
Djokovic has also won the US Open three times, with his most recent triumph at Flushing Meadows coming in 2018 when he beat del Potro.
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