'If Rafael Nadal was the youngest...', says American star

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'If Rafael Nadal was the youngest...', says American star

The absence of Roger Federer in the Olympic Games joins that of other great figures such as Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem or Roberto Bautista, among others, who also ruled out competing in these Games. Nor will other big names like Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Cristian Garín or Denis Shaovalov attend.

For his part, Novak Djokovic left his presence in the air at this event after winning Wimbledon and it will be in the next few days when he announces what his decision is. In the female modality, highlight the losses of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin or Bianca Andreescu.

All of them are Grand Slam winners and the current situation with the coronavirus in Japan has caused them to decide to reject their participation. Other players who have decided not to play are Daria Kasatkina or Johanna Konta.

Uniqlo and Roger Federer signed a long-term agreement in 2018 in what is one of the largest endorsement deals in recent times. The Helvetian is one of the most iconic athletes in the world and has created a unique identity that has caused many fans to admire him.

For this, 300 million dollars for a 10-year alliance between this brand and the Basel-born player. This union had the clear objective of seeing Roger Federer dressed in this brand at the Tokyo Olympics. Recall that Japan is where Uniqlo is headquartered.

Kudla on the GOAT debate

Some of the participants at the ongoing Hall of Fame Open in Newport recently gave their thoughts on the GOAT debate, with Denis Kudla throwing his weight behind Novak Djokovic. The American also believes it would be fair to label the Serb "the greatest athlete of all time".

"I think he’s (Novak Djokovic) the greatest of all time," Kudla said. "I think he will surpass all of the records by a lot when all is said and done. He just plays the game so incredibly well. It would have been interesting to see if the ages were a little different.

If Roger Federer was the youngest, or Rafael Nadal was the youngest." The 28-year-old further argued Djokovic is not only the greatest tennis player ever but the greatest athlete of all time. “I think Novak deserves to be the GOAT, he is the GOAT, he does things nobody is willing to do," he added.

"And I don’t think he’s just the GOAT in tennis. He could be the greatest athlete of all time."