Novak Djokovic's 2021 was a truly magical year. The number one in the world is achieving incredible results, astounding both the opponents in the circuit and the professionals and the Serbian champion is likely to make the Golden Slam (Four Slams and Olympic Games in the same year) at the venerable age for an athlete of 34 years.
In this 2021 Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon respectively and is now targeting the Tokyo Olympic Games which will be played in a few days and which have seen an incredible number of forfeits in recent days, many due to the increase.
of infections in the Olympic village. Soon after it will be time for Nole to focus on the US Open to try to win the Grand Slam, a feat that was never achieved in the Open era and that we haven't seen in the tennis world since Rod Laver.
The Serb has been in phenomenal form this year
Speaking to reporters just before the start of the Olympics, Novak Djokovic admitted that his schedule has been rough of late. But in the same breath, the World No. 1 claimed that his winning record this year has given him the confidence to aim for the ultimate prize in Tokyo.
"It is grueling, but I am confident because of all of the wins this season," Djokovic said. "Winning a medal is my goal, and it is not a secret I am aiming for the gold. After Tokyo 2020, I will start to think about the US Open."
The 34-year-old went on to claim that his final decision came down to the desire to represent his country at the biggest sporting stage of all. "Representing your country at the Olympics is a feeling like no other," Djokovic said.
"I am not overjoyed about playing with no fans present or about the various coronavirus restrictions effective in Japan, but representing your country in the Olympics is indispensable." The Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world, as athletes from countries all over look forward to representing their nations at the highest level of sports every four years.
While such a task surely comes with a sense of pride and honor, does it come with a monetary benefit? Do these players receive any monetary consideration for their efforts? The International Olympic Committee does not reward the athletes at the Olympics for winning a medal. The same rule applies to tennis players as well, who receive hefty amounts at their major events.