This comes amid the withdrawal of other iconic tennis stars withdrawal.
Some of the tennis withdrawers are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Nick Kyrgios, Bianca Andreescu, Denis Shapovalov, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Vasek Pospisil.
Djokovic has amazingly tied with Federer and Nadal for the most major singles titles in men’s tennis with at least 20.
Novak’s announcement has at least boosted Serbian’s hope as he will be representing them. The tennis sensation made a promising announcement via social media on Thursday.
His tweet was in between a birthday video that Novak was sending to a six-year Kojiro Owaki.
“Konnichiwa Koujirou! Happy birthday my friend, happy sixth birthday, you’re looking great,” Djokovic said.
“I’m following your tennis, your progress, all the best, I wish you luck and hopefully I can see you in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Bye-bye, my friend.”
His tweet was as follows; “Cannot disappoint my little friend Koujirou. I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining #TeamSerbia for the Olympics.
Without a doubt, Novak set the stage for a historic charge at tennis’ ‘Golden Slam’.
In a follow-up tweet, the tennis icon revealed that he was proud to pack for Tokyo. Additionally, he said that it will be a special joy and motivation to represent Serbia.
“For me playing for Serbia was always a special joy and motivation and I will give my best to make us all happy, let’s go.”
According to history, if Djokovic bags a gold medal at the Olympics, he will become the second professional tennis player to accomplish the Golden Slam. It was first earned by Steffi Graf at the year 1988.
Of his achievements this year, Novak has won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Therefore he has a clear chance of a good performance in the Tokyo Olympics.
Following winning Wimbledon, Djokovic had put himself at “50-50” on competing in the Olympics, citing the lack of spectators as well as the strict Covid-19 restrictions.
Nevertheless, the Serbian won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. However, he was outshined by Rafael Nadal in the Semi-finals.
Djokovic as well flew the Serbian flag higher in London 2012 but was again a semi-final loser at the hands of Andy Murray.
Djokovic’s news comes after the British Olympic team dealing a major blow to the withdrawal of tennis sensation Dan Evans from the Tokyo Olympics. Evans who is well known as the British No.1 contracted COVID-19, thus pulling out of the Olympics.
The Olympics are set to begin on the 23rd of July 2021 and end on the 8th of August. That is after an unfortunate postponement last year due to the strike of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Novak Djokovic biographyNovak Djokovic is a Serbian born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade and got the thrill for sports from his father Srdjan Djokovic who was a professional skier.
At the age of four years, Novak Djokovic started his training in tennis after exhibiting a deep affinity for the sport. He trained until he graduated as a teenager and he flew to Germany at 13 years of age to enhance his tennis skills through advanced training.
It was in 2003 that he turned pro.
In 2015, Djokovic had a great year by clinching victory in four major finals and eight Masters Finals and ATP Finals. In 2016, he played his first French Open match and won further adding to his victory of winning in four opens. He took home the Grand Slam win and became the first player to win four major titles since 1969 after Rod Laver.
Novak Djokovic is a man of means with his estimated wealth capped at $220 million, his first $100 million coming from prizes. Djokovic was the first tennis player in history to win such an amount of money.