Following the confirmation of the Serbian athlete’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics later this month, the Golden Grand Slam awaits Novak Djokovic.
Initially, Djokovic was uncertain about his participation in the epidemic due to new restrictions imposed by the island nation. The world number one confirmed his decision after a video call with a young Japanese tennis fan.
“My little friend Kojiro can’t be disappointed. I made my flight to Tokyo and will proudly join #Timberia for the Olympics,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter, along with a video congratulating Kojiro on his birthday.
“I am very proud to be part of the national team for Tokyo in the Olympic Games. For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and excitement and I will do my best. Let’s make ourselves. Let’s all be happy!
The 34-year-old has won the first three major events of the year – the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. This keeps his chances of becoming the first man to win a Golden Grand Slam alive. So far, the only person to achieve this feat is women’s tennis legend Steffi Graf, who won a gold medal in 1988 and four Grand Slams.
When Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title earlier this month, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal joined the Big Three rivals in the 20-year-old singles Grand Slam titles. He also became the first player to qualify for the year at the end of the NATO ATP Finals after his victory in Serb WW19.
Djokovic’s best result of the Summer Games came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when he won a bronze medal after defeating American James Blake. He hopes to improve this time around to join two-time Big Three rivals Nadal, who won a singles gold medal in Beijing and a doubles gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.