Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has announced that he will play at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and now he is set to make his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance.
Djokovic, who is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, has never won a gold medal at the Olympics. Djokovic, who has had a huge 2021 season, will be aiming to win his maiden gold medal in Tokyo. "I am very proud to pack for Tokyo and join our national team in the fight for the brightest medals on the Olympic arenas.
For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and motivation and I will do my best to make us all happy! Let's go," Djokovic announced on Thursday night.
Djokovic coming off of a Wimbledon victory
On Sunday, Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his 20th Grand Slam title.
“It was more than a battle,” said Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven year old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles.
It's incredible”. When asked what it means to win a Grand Slam title No. 20, Djokovic said: “It means none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today.
They made me realise what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically. "When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.
The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here”. Djokovic has won the opening three Grand Slams of the season and he will be hoping to also win the US Open and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
“I could definitely envisage it happening and I will definitely give it a shot," said Djokovic. "I am in great form and I am playing well at the Grand Slams. So let’s keep it going”.