Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after successful his last match in opposition to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool through REUTERS/David Grey
July 16, 2021
(Reuters) – World primary Novak Djokovic confirmed he’ll compete on the Tokyo Olympics because the Serb stays on track to attain the Golden Slam in tennis.
Djokovic accomplished the third leg in direction of reaching the Golden Slam final weekend when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros triumphs in 2021.
No man has ever gained the 4 slams and an Olympic gold in the identical 12 months, with Germany’s Steffi Graf the one participant to perform the feat in 1988.
After successful at Wimbledon, Djokovic stated he was “50-50” about competing on the July 23-Aug. 8 Video games following the organisers’ resolution to ban followers from attending and the restrictions on the variety of folks he can take to the Video games.
However the 34-year-old stated on Thursday he had booked his flight for Tokyo.
“I’m very proud to pack for Tokyo and be a part of our nationwide staff within the battle for the brightest medals on the Olympic arenas,” Djokovic, who gained a bronze medal on the 2008 Beijing Video games, tweeted.
“For me, the sport for Serbia has at all times been a particular pleasure and motivation and I’ll do my greatest to make us all completely happy! Let’s go.”
A few of the sport’s largest names, together with Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep have already introduced their resolution to skip the Video games, which has been delayed by a 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)