An Olympic Gold Medal in Singles is a feat that has been extremely hard to achieve. Amongst the Big Four of professional tennis, only Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have managed to win an Olympic Gold medal in Singles. Novak Djokovic has won the bronze medal whereas Roger Federer has claimed a sliver medal in the previous editions of the Olympic Games.
Legends such as Pete Sampras, Pat Rafter, and Marat Safin have failed to even win a medal at the Olympic Games. Since the summer Olympic Games are held every four years, the chances become limited. Recently, Tim Henman hoped that the Tokyo Olympics would be held in 2021, while placing special emphasis on two time Olympic Gold-medalist, Andy Murray.
Henman was amazed with the enthusiasm, the Brit competes with at the Olympic Games. “Yeah, definitely. I’m not sure he would win [the] gold medal, but I think, given he’s the present holder and twice Olympic singles gold medalist, throw Andy Murray in the mix, I think it could be an amazing storyline,” Henman said.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic aim to complete their Career Golden Slams at Tokyo Olympics 2021
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will probably have their last chance to complete their Career Golden Slams next year at Tokyo Olympics. A Career Golden Slam means winning all four majors atleast once along with an Olympic Singles Gold Medal. Federer turns 40 next year and it is almost certain that Tokyo will be his final Olympic appearance.
Henman also heaped praise on Serena and Venus Williams for the amount of success they have had at the Olympics. The Brit added that it was exciting to see the players give it their all to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
“When you’ve seen the Olympic medals that Venus and Serena Williams have won over the years. It just adds credibility to tennis as a part of the Olympic movement. When you look at Murray’s wins in 2012, 2016, how much it meant to him as one of the best players in the world, and the desire of Djokovic and Federer to try and win that singles Olympic gold is incredibly exciting,” he said.