Tokyo Olympics: Tennis star Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will represent Serbia in the Tokyo Olympics, starting July 23. However, it depends on the crowd presence. The World No 1 said if the marquee event is held without any crowd, he may give it a pass. Earlier, US tennis star Serena Williams said she would also give it a pass if COVID-19 restrictions don’t allow her to take her child. Swiss great Roger Federer said he is still unsure of Olympics participation.
While there is hardly any chance that the IOC and the Tokyo Olympics organising committee will allow foreign fans, a decision on local spectators will be taken later, depending on the situation. Novak Djokovic said he was fine with local fans but without any of them, he will reconsider.
Tokyo Olympics: “As I heard, there’s going to be some crowd, local crowd from Japan only. As I understand, 20%, 30% of the capacity. If they change something, if there’s not going to be any crowd, then I’ll consider if I want to go or not. Right now I am planning to go, and I’m very excited about that,” Novak Djokovic said on the sidelines of the French Open.
The Serbian star, owner of 18 Grand Slam titles, won an Olympics bronze medal for Serbia back in the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ men’s singles. Since then, he hasn’t fared well. But with the waning form of Roger Federer and other singles stars, Djokovic is ready to give it the elusive gold medal another shot. “I’m planning to play the Olympic Games for now,” Novak Djokovic said.
Earlier, many tennis stars including Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori batted for Tokyo Olympics’ cancellation while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal asked for more clarity.
“I don’t know, I feel two ways. I would love to play. I wish things were better around the world that we wouldn’t even have to debate the thought of is it going to happen, am I going to play or not?” Roger Federer said after his win against Denis Istomin in the first round of the French Open.
“My wish and hope and dream is that I can play it. But it needs to make sense for me, my team, my family, my country. I’m still waiting to see how things are going to develop the next couple of weeks and month,” he added.