Serbia's Nina Stojanovic didn't end her Tokyo Olympics campaign on the way she wanted but still admitted the Olympics brought her lots of happiness. Stojanovic teamed up with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the mixed doubles campaign in Tokyo and the two made a notable run.
Stojanovic and Djokovic clinched the bronze medal match but never played it as the world No. 1 had to pull out due to a shoulder injury. Stojanovic and Djokovic were due to play Ashleigh Barty and John Peers in the bronze medal match.
"Then & now - only I can know the feelings I dealt with once I had found out I will not have the chance to play the most important match of my career for the Olympic medal. I also recognize how much this particular event fullfilled me with the deepest emotion possible and brought me lots of happiness as well," Stojanovic said in an Instagram post.
"I want to say that I am grateful first of all for being there among all the best athletes in the world of sports. And it was an honor and privilege playing with the best in the history of our sport, for your own country."
Djokovic was sorry for the way it ended
After pulling out of the bronze medal match, Djokovic explained that he was dealing with multiple injuries. "I apologise to all the fans in Serbia who I have disappointed. I know everyone expected a medal, I did too.
I feel bad for Nina because we did not fight for a medal in mixed, but my body said ’enough’: I have played under medications and abnormal pain and exhaustion. But again, my heart is in the right place, because I know that I gave my all.
I love to play for my country. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I wanted, but that is sport, we move on," Djokovic told Serbian reporters, per Tennis Majors.