Novak Djokovic says it is 50-50 if he will play in the Tokyo Olympics

Novak Djokovic said on Sunday after his victory in the Wimbledon final that he was not sure if he would play in the Tokyo Olympics, citing the significant restrictions that athletes will face during the match.

“I have to think about it,” he said. “My plan has always been to go to the Olympics, but now I’m a little divided. It’s 50-50 because of what I’ve heard in the last two days.”

In particular, Djokovic said he was disappointed that spectators would not be allowed to attend events and that key parts of his team, such as the person hitting his rackets, would not be allowed to enter Japan due to restrictions on the number of people accompanying him. an athlete at these Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I also hear that there will be a lot of restrictions inside the village and you probably would not be able to see other athletes performing live,” Djokovic said.

Some prominent players have already left the Olympic tennis court due to restrictions or for personal reasons, such as Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios and Reilly Opelka, the leading American man. Roger Federer is on the list for Switzerland, but said after his defeat in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon that he had not decided whether to go.

Having already won the Australian Open, the French Open and now Wimbledon, Djokovic’s top goal for the season is to win the US Open to become the first person to win the Grand Slam calendar from Rod Laver in 1969.

For Djokovic, who won the bronze medal in singles at the 2008 Games, adding that Olympic gold would also be high on the priority list. But that decision now seems more complicated, given his comments on Sunday.

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