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Novak Djokovic confirms Olympics decision after Golden Slam doubts

Novak Djokovic makes Olympics decision after throwing doubt over Golden Slam

Rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not be travelling to Tokyo (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will take part in this summer’s Olympics despite previously admitting he was ‘divided’ over travelling to Tokyo following his victory at Wimbledon on Sunday.

The world number one is bidding to complete a calendar Grand Slam and Golden Slam by winning all four majors as well as the Olympics, having already won the Australian and French Opens in addition to Wimbledon.

Only Steffi Graf has previously achieved a Golden Slam, though Djokovic was giving serious consideration to spurning his shot at history due to the strict restrictions on athletes at the Games as well as the absence of fans.

Novak Djokovic makes Olympics decision after throwing doubt over Golden Slam

Djokovic won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 (Picture: Getty)

But, after speaking to his team and taking several days to deliberate over his decision, Djokovic has elected to travel to Japan – and could even be Serbia’s flag-carrier at the opening ceremony.

The 34-year-old announced the news on social media with a cute video to six-year-old Koujirou Owaki on his birthday, with the Japanese youngster having gone viral for his tennis videos replicating idol Djokovic.

‘Happy birthday my friend, happy sixth birthday – you’re looking great,’ he said in a video message on his super fan’s birthday.

‘I’m following your tennis, your progress. All the best, I wish you luck and hopefully I can see you in Tokyo Olympic games!’

Confirming his participation this summer, he also tweeted alongside the video: ‘Cannot disappoint my little friend Koujirou. I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining Team Serbia for the Olympics.’

Djokovic is the clear favourite to claim gold in Japan with rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both having elected not to compete at the Games, while the likes of Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios will also be missing.

Explaining his reluctance to compete at Tokyo, Djokovic said on Sunday: ‘I received that news [about fans being banned] yesterday or two days ago. That was really disappointing to hear.

Djokovic is looking to win the Olympics and US Open to complete a stunning year (Picture: Reuters)

‘I also hear that there’s going to be a lot of restrictions within the Village. Possibly you would not be able to see other athletes perform live.

‘I can’t even have my stringer that is very important part of my team. I can’t have a stringer. I’m limited with the amount of people I can take in my team as well.

‘I’ll have to think about it. Right now, as I said, my plan was always to go to Olympic Games. But right now I’m a little bit divided. It’s kind of 50/50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.’


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