Novak Djokovic confirmed his decision to play in the Olympics today after claiming that playing in the 2016 Gold Medal Game after winning the Grand Slam of tennis would be a “no-brainer”. Djokovic, who also won the Australian Open in January, made the comments when he spoke to reporters after his win in the US Open. Djokovic said he made the decision in the wake of media reports that suggested that he was not the right person to play in Rio de Janeiro. The Serbian tennis star said he was still unsure of the decision, however, after his coach Boris Becker said he would not play if Djokovic was chosen, and that the decision would not be down to him.
The top-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, confirmed that he will be one of the four players representing Serbia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although he had previously stated that he was unsure about making a decision, he had taken an official Olympic team place for himself. The decision will have a major impact on the men’s Olympic tennis tournaments, as the Serbian player will be the most experienced member of the Serbian team. He has won multiple Grand Slam titles, and will seek another gold medal in the 2016 Olympic tennis tournaments.
Rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not travel to Tokyo (Photo: Getty)
Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will take part in the Olympics this summer, although he had already admitted he was considering a trip to Tokyo following his Wimbledon victory on Sunday.
The world number one is looking to complete the Grand Slam and Gold Slam by winning all four major tournaments and the Olympics, having already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Only Steffi Graf has previously achieved a Gold Slam, although Djokovic seriously considered turning down the chance to make history due to the strict restrictions on athletes at the Games and the lack of fans.
Djokovic won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 (Photo: Getty)
But after consulting with his team and a few days of consideration, Djokovic decided to go to Japan – and might even be Serbia’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
The 34-year-old tennis player announced it on social media by posting an adorable video of six-year-old Kujiru Owaki on his birthday. The Japanese teenager became known for his tennis videos in which he imitates his idol Djokovic.
Happy birthday my friend, happy sixth birthday – you look amazing, he said in a video message on his superfan’s birthday.
I follow your tennis, your progress. Good luck and I hope to see you at the Olympics in Tokyo!
He confirmed his participation this summer and tweeted with the video: I can’t abandon my friend Kujira. I have booked a plane ticket to Tokyo and I am proud to participate in the Olympics with the Serbian team.
Djokovic is the favourite to win gold in Japan as rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have decided not to take part in the Games, while Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios will also be absent.
Djokovic on Sunday explained his reluctance to play in Tokyo: I got this message [about the fan ban] yesterday or two days ago. It was very unpleasant to hear.
Djokovic wants to end a great year with an Olympic and US Open win (Photo: Reuters)
I have also heard that there will be many restrictions in the village. You may not be able to see the other athletes live.
I can’t even invite my stringer, who is a very important part of my team. I can’t have a cord. I am also limited in the number of people I can include in my team.
I need to think about it. Like I said, I was always planning on going to the Olympics. But now I’m a little ambivalent. It’s kind of 50/50, from what I’ve heard the last few days.
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