Several big names from the tennis world would not be in action at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but the quadrennial masterpiece, postponed from last year, would still see a galaxy of stars, including the world's number one male and female Novak Djokovic.
and Ashleigh Barty. Of the prominent names missing from this year's Tokyo Games are 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, two-time champion of Grand Slam Simona Halep, 2019 USA Open champion Bianca Andreescu, current world No.
6 Dominic Thiem, British tennis stars Dan Evans and Johanna Konta, among others. However, the biggest names in the men's and women's roster, Djokovic and Barty, are ready, willing and motivated to fight for glory at the Games.
While leading the challenge for their respective home countries on the largest sporting stage there is, the top two ranked stars would also pursue their individual goals at the Olympics. Of all his notable achievements in tennis, all the records he has broken and set and the title he has won, there is one that has proven elusive to date: an individual Olympic Gold.
Therefore, the world's number one would be fiercely motivated to get rid of the monkey.
Ivanisevic on Novak Djokovic
Ahead of his official induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame, Goran Ivanisevic claimed in an interview with Tennis.com that coaching Novak Djokovic is anything but an 'easy' job.
"People think my job with Novak is easy, but it is not," Ivanisevic said. "I give you my job for one week, and you see if you are going to give me back my job or not. It is great to work with such a great athlete and player, but very demanding also." The Croat considers this a stressful but nonetheless an enjoyable proposition.
"A final is not good enough," Ivanisevic said. "You need to win. We only count victories. We only count Slams. That is huge stress. But I choose that. I love it. It pushes me to learn more and be a better coach and a better person. I really enjoy it.
If I put a million pieces of information in front of Novak, then that can be frustrating and he can lose himself," Ivanisevic said. "Novak is a perfectionist. What was good today is not good tomorrow. So you have to always find a a way to be better every day."