Djokovic ’50-50′ on playing at Tokyo Olympics


Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after profitable his last match in opposition to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic mentioned on Sunday he was “50-50” about competing on the Tokyo Olympics later this month following the organizers’ determination to ban followers from attending and the restrictions on the variety of individuals he can take to the Video games.

Olympic organizers mentioned on Thursday that the Video games would happen with out spectators in Tokyo as a surge in COVID-19 instances compelled Japan to declare a state of emergency within the capital metropolis that may final all through the multi-sport occasion which begins on July 23.

“I’ll have to consider it,” Djokovic instructed reporters on the All England Membership in London after profitable his sixth Wimbledon title. “My plan was all the time to go to Olympic Video games.

“However proper now I’m slightly bit divided. It’s type of 50-50 due to what I heard within the final couple days.”

Djokovic accomplished the third leg in the direction of attaining the Golden Slam in tennis on Sunday 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 and contemplating that is the primary time in his profession that Djokovic has gained the season’s opening three majors, he might by no means get one other alternative to finish the Golden Slam if he opts out of the Video games like lots of his rivals.

Among the sport’s largest names, together with Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams and Simona Halep have already introduced their determination to skip the Video games, which has been delayed by a 12 months as a result of pandemic.

Djokovic mentioned he was “actually dissatisfied” to listen to that the occasions in Tokyo will probably be performed with none spectators current.

“I additionally hear that there’s going to be plenty of restrictions inside the (Video games) village,” the 20-time main winner added.

“Probably you wouldn’t have the ability to see different athletes carry out reside. I can’t even have my stringer that is essential a part of my crew. I’m restricted with the quantity of individuals I can soak up my crew as nicely.”


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