Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty acknowledged that it must have been extremely tough for Novak Djokovics to withdraw from the mixed doubles bronze medal match. On Saturday, Djokovic suffered a three-set defeat to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the singles bronze medal match.
Shortly after losing the singles bronze medal match, Djokovic withdrew from the mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a left shoulder injury. "Obviously it seemed incredibly tough to Team Serbia to not be able to get on the court tonight, but for John and I it's a dream come true," Barty said, per the ITF website.
“We came here to fight, we came here to win a medal for our nation, and now to be able to take a bronze medal back home and add to the Australian tally is incredible."
Peers happy he and Barty managed to win a medal
“Ash and I both had the Olympics on the schedule this year, it was one of our goals to walk away with a medal for Australia," said Peers.
"To be able to say we did, it’s something really special and amazing. “If you actually just watch all the matches and (see the) raw emotions that came out the Olympics, is so special for all of us to be here.
And it means so much to represent our country." Meanwhile, Djokovic's campaign at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end on an extremely disappointing way for him. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, failed in his attempt to win a maiden gold medal.
“I will try to keep going for the Paris Olympic Games. I will fight for my country to win medals. I’m sorry that I disappointed a lot of sports fans in my country, but that’s sport. I gave it [my] all - whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much, I left it out on the court," Djokovic said.