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After Wimbledon Win, Novak Djokovic is 50-50 About Playing in the Olympics

Novak Djokovic The Championships Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini on Sunday to win the Wimbledon men’s singles tournament at the All England Club.
Djokovic not only tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 grand slam titles won but he is also a U.S. Open win away from the first men’s Calendar Grand Slam since 1969
The Djoker also has the rare chance of accomplishing a Golden Slam if he plays and wins in the Tokyo Olympics later this month.

With his victory over Matteo Berrettini at the All-England Club on Sunday, Djokovic has not only tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with a record 20 men’s singles grand slam titles won, but he also moved to within a U.S. Open win away from completing a calendar grand slam.

✅ Australian Open
✅ Roland Garros
✅ Wimbledon

🇷🇸 @DjokerNole is a @usopen away from a Calendar Grand Slam! pic.twitter.com/JMoRkxO0mi

— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 11, 2021

No man has come close to winning tennis’ four grand slams in a single year since the legendary Rod Laver achieved the feat twice in 1962 and 1969. In fact, no one has won the first three grand slams of the year since Laver did it. Now Djokovic is on the verge of matching the feat and achieving tennis immortality.

The current world no. 1 ranked tennis player heads to Flushing Meadows as the solid +110 odds on favorite to win the U.S. Open for the 4th time in his career. Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Rafael Nadal at all at +600 behind him in the current odds boards at the BetOnline App. But with the way Djokovic has been dominating in 2021, he may very well be on his way to becoming the third male tennis player ever to complete calendar grand slam. But there’s more.

Golden Slam?

Novak Djokovic’s progress toward the “golden” slam:
Australian Open: ✅
Roland Garros: ✅
Wimbledon: ✅
Olympics:
US Open:

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 11, 2021

Since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 is an Olympic year and with tennis reinstated as an Olympic sports in 1988, Djokovic has the opportunity to add another feather in his cap- an Olympic gold medal, the one thing that is missing in his vast trophy case.

Djokovic has played in three Olympic games, winning the bronze medal in 2008, losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the bronze medal match in 2012, and dropping his first round assignment in the 2016 Rio Games to del Potro once again.

If Djokovic decides to play in the Olympic games, he will have the chance to become only the second tennis player in history to win all four grand slams in the same year and an Olympic gold medal. That achievement is called a Golden Slam and in the history of the sport, only Steffi Graf has accomplished the feat in 1988.

Djokovic Unsure About Olympics

Olympics-Tennis-World No.1 Djokovic unsure about going to Tokyo Games https://t.co/ty10wwToDU pic.twitter.com/JDeg6XVOhB

— CNA (@ChannelNewsAsia) July 11, 2021

But while Djokovic has a golden opportunity to achieve what no men’s tennis player has ever done before, the 20-time grand slam winner said after winning Wimbledon that he is unsure about going to Tokyo later this month. It’s 50-50 according to him.

With the organizers disallowing fans at the venues and implementing several restrictions due to the pandemic, Djokovic is thinking twice about playing in Tokyo. Particularly, Djokovic is frowning about the limited number of people in his team he can bring along with him and his inability to interact with other athletes or watch their games.

Djokovic’s chances of winning gold would be high with the likes of Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, and Nick Kyrgios already announcing they won’t play in Tokyo. But the Djoker has always been a riddle so maybe let’s just look forward to a calendar grand slam and leave the golden slam to Steffi Graf.