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Novak Djokovic Is Split On Whether He Will Compete In The Olympics In Tokyo.
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Novak Djokovic Is Split On Whether He Will Compete In The Olympics In Tokyo.


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Despite the prospect of completing a so-called "Golden Slam," Novak Djokovic isn't certain he'll compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

Djokovic is hesitant to travel to Japan because of a lack of fans and strict coronavirus restrictions.

“I’ll have to think about it,” Djokovic said after winning Wimbledon on Sunday. “My plan has always been to go to the Olympic Games, but right now I’m a little divided. It’s kind of 50-50 because of what I’ve heard in the last couple days.”

That includes the fact that there will be no fans in the stands, and that due to the tight restrictions, he will be able to bring only a limited number of people as part of his personal team.

“It was very disappointing to hear that,” Djokovic said.

Rafael Nadal has already stated that he will not be competing in Tokyo, and Roger Federer has yet to make a decision.

The top-ranked Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in four sets to win his third consecutive Grand Slam title, following the Australian Open and French Open, and his 20th overall.

If he wins in Tokyo and the US Open, he will be the first male tennis player to complete a “Golden Slam” — winning all four Grand Slam tournaments as well as the Olympics in the same calendar year.

Steffi Graf is the only woman who has accomplished this feat, which she accomplished in 1988.

In 1969, Rod Laver became the last man to win all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year.

Goran Ivanisevic, a member of Djokovic's coaching staff, believes the Serb should include his name on the list.

“If anybody can win a Golden Slam, that’s him,” Ivanisevic said. “For the first time in his career, winning three in a row in the same year, with a chance to win four, that would be incredible.”

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