What Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have said about playing at Olympics

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The Olympic Games in Tokyo are just a few weeks away now and not all the top tennis stars will be taking part. The 2021 Wimbledon Championships are still underway with both the women’s and men’s semi finals taking place today and tomorrow.

Novak Djokovic is the strong favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam ahead of his semi-final clash with Denis Shapovalov.

Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz will compete in the other men’s semi final while Ashleigh Barty, Angelique Kerber, Aryna Sabalenka and Karolina Pliskova are the final four in the women’s draw.

Then, players will have a few weeks before the beginning of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

But there have already been a number of high-profile withdrawals while others are yet to make a final decision.

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Is Novak Djokovic playing at the Olympics?

The world No 1 has already made it clear that he is committed to playing at the Olympics and is on course to win the Golden Slam – winning all four majors and a singles gold medal at the Olympics.

“I’m very motivated to play the Olympic Games and to fight for a medal,” Djokovic said in his Wimbledon third round post-match press conference.

“I have the highest aspirations and ambitions going into the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics happen every four years, the biggest sports event in the history of sport. Obviously representing the country for me is the highest honour and privilege.

“I always try to be there for Serbia and Serbian tennis. The Olympic Games is next to the Grand Slams this year as my highest goals and I’ve said that at the beginning of the season.”


Is Rafael Nadal playing at the Olympics?

Rafael Nadal will not follow Novak Djokovic to Tokyo though with the Spaniard confirming last month that he wanted to prioritise prolonging his career/

“It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal posted in a Twitter thread.

“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.

“The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a Sportsperson, I found the spirit that every sports person in the world wants to live. I personally had the chance to live three of them and had the honor to be the flag bearer for my country.“

Is Roger Federer playing at the Olympics?

Roger Federer is yet to make an official announcement on whether he will travel to Tokyo for the Olympics.

The 39-year-old was knocked out of Wimbledon by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter finals, and Federer confirmed a decision will be made in the next week.

“I hope to make a decision on the Olympics in the next week because it is coming quickly,” he said.

“It is not a problem for me. I need a few days because the big, big objective this year was Wimbledon whether I lost in the first round here or I won.”

Who else has withdrawn from the Olympics?

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin have all announced that they will not be competing at the Summer Olympics.

And there are a number of top-ranked players in the men’s draw who have also pulled out.

Along with Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Denis Shapovalov, Casper Rudd, Milos Raonic and Cristian Garin have all opted to skip the major tournament.

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