World No1 Novak Djokovic says he’ll play on the Tokyo Olympics, paving the best way for the primary Golden Grand Slam by a male participant.
“I booked my flight for Tokyo and can proudly be becoming a member of #TeamSerbia for the Olympics,” tweeted Djokovic in English.
“With a lot pleasure I’m packing for Tokyo and becoming a member of our nationwide workforce within the struggle for the brightest medals on the Olympic arenas,” he then tweeted in Serbian.
“For me taking part in for Serbia was all the time a particular pleasure and motivation and I’ll give my greatest to make us all glad. Let’s go.” The 34-year-old has already received the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this yr.
He wants Olympic gold after which the US Open to grow to be the primary man to comb the Golden Grand Slam.
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The Golden Slam has solely ever been achieved as soon as within the girls’s sport when Steffi Graf swept the board in 1988.
Djokovic’s path to potential gold in Tokyo had already been eased by the choice of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to skip the match. All three champions are degree on 20 profession main titles and successful a Golden Slam might put the nail within the coffin within the greatest-of-all-time debate within the eyes of many.
US Open champion Dominic Thiem can be an absentee.
Djokovic received a bronze medal in singles on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing the place he was defeated by Nadal within the semi-finals earlier than beating James Blake of the USA for third place.
At London in 2012, he carried Serbia’s flag on the opening ceremony however was once more a semi-final loser by the hands of Andy Murray.
He was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro within the bronze medal match. Del Potro additionally beat him within the first spherical in Rio 4 years later. Djokovic’s announcement on Thursday got here simply 4 days after he had forged doubt on his participation on the Video games.
Having defeated Matteo Berrettini for a sixth Wimbledon title and twentieth profession Grand Slam crown on Sunday, Djokovic admitted he had cooled on making the journey, saying it was solely “50/50” if he would take part.
“As I mentioned, my plan was all the time to go to the Olympic Video games. However proper now I’m a bit of bit divided. It’s sort of 50/50 due to what I heard within the final couple of days,” mentioned Djokovic.
The Serb had all the time insisted he would suppose twice if the Covid-19 protocols in Japan turned too strict and if followers have been banned.
All venues on the Video games, which begin on July 23, can be closed to spectators because the Japanese authorities look to restrict the dangers of Covid-19.
Overseas guests have been barred as have relations of visiting athletes. “That was actually disappointing to listen to. I additionally hear that there’s going to be lots of restrictions throughout the Village,” mentioned Djokovic.
“Presumably you wouldn’t be capable to see different athletes carry out stay. “I can’t even have my stringer that could be a essential a part of my workforce. I’m restricted with the quantity of individuals I can absorb my workforce as effectively. I’ll have to consider it.” The Olympics tennis occasion can even be lacking Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber from the ladies’s match.