Novak Djokovic has finally taken off for Tokyo from Serbia 3 days prior to the opening ceremony of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Novak was spending time with his family after his triumph at the 2021 Wimbledon and was practising in Montenegro for the Olympics while enjoying time with his family.
Novak will be one of the last athletes to reach the Olympics village as he took time off to stay with family as the players are not taking their families for the tournaments due to the bio-bubbles in place and that has taken a toll on a lot of athletes who have spoken about the absence of the families on the tour and its impact.
Djokovic stressed on the point during his final press conference before boarding his flight to Tokyo and talked about why he chose to practice alone and not in Tokyo to get familiar with the conditions there.
“The schedule is really rough but I feel that my preparations were good. Also, I won a lot of matches recently, which always gives you extra confidence and energy boost. I would not call the preparations unconventional, it is just about trying to do what was best in these circumstances, not everything can be ideal.
“I am not only a tennis player, but I am also a father and a husband, so I need to dedicate myself to my family when I am not travelling. I am trying to find the right balance,” said Novak.
“I am ready both fitness and tennis wise” says a confident Novak Djokovic
Novak is having a dream season this year having won the 2021 Australian Open, 2021 French Open and also the 2021 Wimbledon. With the Olympics coming up next, he is undoubtedly a heavy favourite for the Gold Medal, the only missing item from his enormous trophy cabinet that will see him achieve the Career Golden Slam.
“As I have said, the preparations were great, I had a really good hitting partner, I am ready both fitness and tennis wise. Furthermore, the weather was amazing, we practised in a nice atmosphere, so that gave me positive energy as well. Playing for my country, it is the highest honour and privilege for me. I am an individual athlete, rarely do we have the occasion to be a team.
“I am grateful because we were able to win the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, and I am missing Olympic gold now. I have the highest ambitions in Tokyo, it is not a secret that I am aiming for the gold medal,” said Novak clearing his intentions for the Olympics this year.
Novak will be the hot favourite for the Olympic gold this year when the Tennis events begin from 24th July with the finals set to be played on 1st August.