Belgrade-The prospect of winning the Olympic gold medal in Serbia outweighs the disappointment of playing in the vacant venue of the Tokyo Olympics, said Novak Djokovic, the number one men’s world tennis player, on Monday.
After winning Wimbledon this month, Djokovic considered withdrawing from the Olympics due to COVID-19 related restrictions, but decided to head to Japan for patriotic reasons.
Djokovic said he was confident in a television interview with MINA News Agency in Montenegro in the coastal Republic resort Herceg Novi and persuaded former Croatian Olympic athlete Blanka Vlašić not to pull out.
“It came down to patriotism and my feelings for Serbia,” Djokovic said after finishing a practice session on the surface of the hard court.
“We won’t play without fans or be happy about the various coronavirus restrictions that are in effect in Japan, but it’s imperative to represent your country at the Olympics.
“I came across Blanka Vlašić a few days ago, and she said she only remembers who people won the medals.
“Her words stick to me and I’m glad I decided to attend the Olympics. I’m inspired to play my best tennis so far this season I am confident that I will win the gold medal after a great run. “
Vlasic won the silver medal in the women’s high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Djokovic, who won the record 20th major honor when Wimbledon claimed to be on the same level as fellow Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal this season, headed for August 30-September 12 in 2021. Will insist on an unprecedented golden slam. US Open.
If he also wins the Olympic gold medal, one title that has avoided him so far, Djokovic, will be the first man to win all four majors and the Olympic title in a year.
A 34-year-old woman from Belgrade admitted that although both Federer and Nadal had withdrawn from Tokyo, that would be a big question.
“The Olympics and the US Open are clearly my biggest goals for the rest of the season and it will be tough,” Djokovic said.
“But I am confident and willing to represent Serbia in the best possible way. I want a medal in Tokyo, preferably a gold medal. Then go to New York and complete everything. I aim to do it. “
By Zoran Milosavljevic