Novak Djokovic says he will compete in Tokyo Olympics, Golden Slam still on the line

“I have booked my flight to Tokyo and will proudly join #TeamSerbia for the Olympics,” Djokovic said in a Tweeter.
Djokovic, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year, has the chance to become the first man to win a so-called Golden Slam if he wins the gold in singles at Tokyo and later the US Open in New York. The only tennis player to have won all four majors and Olympic gold in a calendar year is Steffi Graf, when she achieved the feat in 1988.

After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic had gone “50-50” to compete in the Olympics, citing the lack of spectators as well as the strict restrictions of Covid-19.

Djokovic is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most singles titles in men’s tennis, at 20.

Nadal and Federer are among a growing list of players who are choosing not to compete in this year’s Olympics. Those not going to Tokyo also include Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Nick Kyrgios, Bianca Andreescu, Denis Shapovalov, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Vasek Pospisil.

The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23. The US Open is scheduled to be held from August 30 to September 12 in New York City.

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