Amidst the busy schedule, World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been training on the hardcourt ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed that he was not delighted about playing in the empty stadium, but he felt that representing his country in the Olympiad is essential.
In the ATP Tour calendar, Tokyo Olympic tennis events will occur from 24th July to 1st August 2021 without spectators due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
After winning his 6th Wimbledon title at SW19 this month, Serbia stalwart considered withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympic Games owing to the Coronavirus restrictions. Still, he eventually confirmed his participation over the love of his nation.
“It came down to patriotism and my feelings for Serbia,” Djokovic said in a recent interview in Belgrade.
Serb further added, “I am not overjoyed about playing with no fans present or about the various coronavirus restrictions effective in Japan, but representing your country in the Olympics is indispensable.”
Blanka’s Words Stuck With Me, says Novak
Djokovic also emphasised that the Croatian former track and field athlete Blanka Vlasic’s words thrust him to fly to Japan. In addition to this, Blanka won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in the high jump event.
The six-time year-end No.1 continued, “I came across Blanka Vlasic a few days ago, and she said that people would only remember who won the medals, not what the conditions were like or whether there were any fans or not.”
Novak also explained, “Her words stuck with me, and I am delighted that I decided to take part in the Olympics. I am inspired to play my best tennis and confidence that I can win the gold medal after a tremendous run so far this season.”
“I am Full of Confidence And Motivated To Represent Serbia”: Djokovic
Novak Djokovic also unveiled his most important goals for the rest of the ongoing season. “The Olympics and the U.S. Open are obviously my biggest objectives for the remainder of the season, and it’s going to be demanding.
“But I am full of confidence and motivated to represent Serbia in the best possible way. I am yearning for a medal in Tokyo, hopefully, gold, and then I’ll go to New York aiming to complete it all,” Serb confessed.