Novak Djokovic’s bid for a “Golden Slam” is in doubt after the Wimbledon champion said he was “50-50” as to whether to go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
World number one defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 on Sunday keep his Wimbledon crown and win a third Grand Slam of the year.
If he were to win Olympic gold and then the US Open title, he would become the first man to complete a Golden Slam.
“I’m going to have to think about it,” Serbian Djokovic said of his Olympic plans.
The German Steffi Graf is the only player to have completed a “Golden Slam”, which she performed in 1988.
Djokovic had always planned to go to Tokyo, but the fact that it was announced last week that fans would not be allowed to attend due to a spike in coronavirus infections affected his thinking.
“It was really disappointing to hear,” he said. “I also hear that there are going to be a lot of restrictions within the [athletes’] town. You might not be able to see other athletes playing live.
“I can’t even have my stringer who is a very important part of my team. I am also limited with the number of people I can take on my team.
“Right now I’m a bit divided. It’s a bit 50-50 because of what I’ve heard over the last few days. “
With his latest Wimbledon victory – his sixth at the All England Club – Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record 20 men’s Grand Slam titles.
Further discussions between fans, experts and the media will inevitably follow as to which of these three players will end their careers with the most major titles, if any of them will surpass Margaret Court’s historic record of 24 titles. in Grand Slam singles, and who deserves the title of greatest of all time.
Djokovic has his point of view.
“I consider myself the best and believe that I am the best, otherwise I wouldn’t speak with confidence about winning Slams and making history,” he said.
“But whether or not I’m the greatest of all time, I’m leaving that debate to others. I have already said that it is very difficult to compare the eras of tennis. We have different rackets, technologies, balls, courts.
“These are completely different conditions that we play in, so it’s very difficult to compare tennis, say, 50 years ago to today. But I am extremely honored to be definitely part of the conversation.
“I feel like I’m probably the most complete player I’ve been as a player in my entire career. “