Latest Novak Djokovic news give major indication about whether he'll play Olympics

Djokovic has been included in Serbia's Olympic team for the Paris Olympics.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Latest Novak Djokovic news give major indication about whether he'll play Olympics
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The Serbian Olympic Committee has included Novak Djokovic in its team for the Paris Olympics as it is a big sign that the 24-time Grand Slam champion is making positive progress in his recovery and that he will be able to play at the upcoming Olympics. 

Earlier this month at Roland Garros - where the tennis event of the Paris Olympics will also take place - Djokovic tore his knee meniscus and had to pull out of his quarterfinal match before undergoing surgery a day later. Since then, the 37-year-old Serb has returned to Belgrade, where he has been rehabbing and recovering from the surgery. 

So far, Djokovic hasn't made any announcements regarding his schedule - specifically Wimbledon or the Paris Olympics. But now that he has been included in Serbia's Olympic team, it is likely that he will be able to play at the Paris Olympics, which are slated to kick off on July 26th. 

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An Olympic gold medal is the only thing missing in Djokovic's collection

Since clinching the all-time Grand Slam record and also the record for the most weeks spent at the world No. 1 spot, Djokovic has underlined several times that winning his first Olympic gold medal will be one of the biggest goals for him in the remainder of his career.

"If I didn't think [a gold medal] was possible, I probably wouldn't be playing the Olympic Games. You have to believe that everything is possible in life," Djokovic said in April.

"The Olympics Games are the oldest and most prestigious sporting event in the history of sport. It's a huge honor to represent Serbia at the Olympic Games. I hope I can be healthy and fit."

In 2021, Djokovic was famously dominating Alexander Zverev in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal before suffering a collapse and losing in three sets. 

SInce Djokovic is 37, the Paris Olympics might be his last chance at an Olympic gold.

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