Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has revealed that he has spoken with the Tokyo Olympics organizers and he hopes matches at the tournament will start at a later time as the tournament progresses. Djokovic, ranked at No.
1 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-3 loss to Jan-Lennard Struff to progress into the Tokyo Olympics round-of-16. "I've spoken to the organizers. Despite logistical challenges, they're working on matches to start later as the tournament progresses.
It would be the best for all of us," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo. After his opening win at the tournament, Djokovic called for matches to start at a later time -- not at 11 am. “Player health is paramount and great consideration has been given to the 11am or a later start.
The decision to retain 11am was made based on data, a 9-day event and to accommodate factors such as local authority restrictions due to COVID-19 and the unpredictability of the weather," an ITF spokesperson said. “Extreme conditions will always put pressure on a schedule and make an optimum schedule challenging.
Rainfall is as much of an issue as extreme heat. An Extreme Weather Policy is in place. Tokyo 2020 competition officials have set procedures to monitor the heat stress index which determine whether play should be modified and have implemented these procedures today”.
Djokovic insists it wasn't easy against Struff
Djokovic claimed one break in the first set and two breaks in the second to get past Struff in straight sets. "It took me some time to adjust to the speed of his serve.
The break at the end of the 1st set was the key. I started to read his serve better in the second. Tough win," Djokovic said of his win over Struff. Djokovic will be fighting against rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a place in the Tokyo quarterfinal.
"He used to be a clay specialist, but he has improved on hardcourts in the last year and a half. We practice with each other in Spain, we get along nicely, he is a great guy. I know what to expect," Djokovic said of Davidovich Fokina.
Djokovic has taken a number of selfies with other athletes so far in Tokyo. "Lots of photos and nice words, it feels me with positive energy. I am enjoying every single moment here at the Olympics. Lots of photos and nice words, it feels me with positive energy. I am enjoying every single moment here at the Olympics," Djokovic said of numerous selfies in Tokyo.