- The Serbian athlete endured semifinal losses in both London and Tokyo Olympic Games
- He has firmly outlined his intentions for an all-out effort to claim the coveted gold medal in Paris
- He is optimistic that his physical form will be in top form
Novak Djokovic has expressed his desire to secure an Olympic gold medal, in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Although Djokovic clinched a bronze medal at his initial Olympic appearance, it remains his most noteworthy achievement in the Games.
The Serbian athlete endured semifinal losses in both the London and Tokyo Olympic Games respectively, along with a surprising first-round exit in Rio during the 2016 Olympic Games.
Now, he has firmly outlined his intentions for an all-out effort to claim the coveted gold medal in Paris, an achievement that would ultimately culminate in his attainment of the elusive career Golden Slam.
He is optimistic that his physical form will be in top form and that he stands a chance to win since it will go down at Roland Garris clay courts which is familiar with.
The world No. 1 won his 23rd Grand Slam this year in Paris.
“I hope I’ll be able to play healthy for next year in Paris. It’s going to be played on clay at Roland Garros, so I’m familiar with those grounds. I hope the best Olympic result for me will come there,” he stated.
Djokovic has a reputation of keeping his head in the game always even in the face of adversity something he attributes to mental toughness.
For him to achieve this, he says that he keeps an account of the goals he wants to achieve and in a particular time frame which he is doing ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
He credits this approach to lessons taught by his parents in his childhood and teenage years and some of his coaches along the way.
“This kind of mentality helped me to always be so devoted to the game. I always remind myself it’s the willpower, the desire to succeed that’s an essential ingredient in the whole formula,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has dismissed retirement rumours with humor, after his father Srdjan Djokovic said that he is hopeful his son will retire in 2024.
He said that he is a proud father seeing that his son has fulfilled all his wishes in tennis and in life.
Srdjan who has been at the centre of his son’s career a few months ago said that Djokovic fulfilled a set of seven wishes he had eight years ago and it is now time to retire.
In a rejoinder, the 24-time Grand Slam champion discounted these claims stating that he has no reason to retire because he is in top form physically and mentally.
The 36-year-old Serbian tennis star says there is a possibility of playing until 2028 if he doesn’t secure an Olympic gold medal in Paris in 2024.
According to tennis analyst Gill Gross, those anticipating Djokovic’s retirement might find themselves waiting significantly longer than current estimates suggest.
Gross posits that the rise of Carlos Alcaraz could serve as a motivating factor for Djokovic, potentially extending his career beyond the anticipated two or three years.