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Unlike Rafael Nadal, del Potro and Others, Novak Djokovic Confirms to Play Tokyo Olympics 2021

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Unlike Rafael Nadal, del Potro and Others, Novak Djokovic Confirms to Play Tokyo Olympics 2021

World No.1 Novak Djokovic had earlier cast doubts over his participation in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, now he is eager to represent Serbia at Tokyo Olympics 2021 and win the Olympic gold that has remained away from his trophy cabinet.

The Serbian Tennis Federation confirmed Djokovic’s desire to represent Serbia at the Tokyo Olympics. His name has been forwarded to the Olympic committee and will be officially confirmed soon.

“Novak confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympics and we have already sent the list with his name to the Olympic Committee of Serbia, It will be forwarded from there,” Serbian Tennis Federation said. (quotes have been translated)

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Earlier, Djokovic had mixed feelings regarding the Olympics owing to the crowd restrictions. However, now the crowd capacity has increased to 50 percent, and hence that might have swayed Djokovic towards coming to Tokyo.

“I’m planning to play Olympic Games, for now. As I heard, there’s going to be some crowd, local crowd from Japan only. As I understand, 20%, 30% of the capacity. If they change something, if there’s not going to be any crowd, then I’ll consider if I want to go or not. Right now I am planning to go, and I’m very excited about that,” Djokovic said.

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Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Novak Djokovic looking at another elite record at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Recently, Djokovic completed the double career Grand Slam by winning the French Open 2021. But an Olympic gold medal is still missing from his illustrious career. Djokovic has a bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Games, however, in the same tournament, he was beaten by Nadal, who went on to win the gold.

Semi-final was again a thorn for Djokovic in the 2012 London Olympics. There he was beaten by eventual gold medallist Andy Murray in the semifinal. But, Djokovic came empty-handed as he lost the bronze medal match to Juan Martin del Potro.

Djokovic’s prime rivals in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both have Olympic gold medals. While Federer has an Olympic gold in doubles, Rafa has gold in both doubles and singles. Federer and Djokovic will be going for the gold medal in singles to join Andre Agassi and Rafa Nadal in the elusive club of players with an Olympic singles gold medal and all four Grand Slams.

Read more: “Had a Lot of Fun”: Novak Djokovic Introduces His ‘Longtime’ Friend to Mallorca Crowd After Doubles Win

The post Unlike Rafael Nadal, del Potro and Others, Novak Djokovic Confirms to Play Tokyo Olympics 2021 appeared first on EssentiallySports.

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