Tennis star Djokovic confirms start in Tokyo

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has confirmed his start at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and is now on the hunt for the Golden Slam. “I have booked my flight to Tokyo and I will proudly join Team Serbia for the Olympic Games,” said the world number one from Serbia on the short message service Twitter on Thursday: “It has always been a special joy and motivation for me to go to Serbia play and I’ll do my best to make us all happy! “

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Djokovic (34) last won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. With a success at the US Open, Djokovic would be the first in the men’s tennis competition since 1969 to win all Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year. As the only one in the tennis circuit so far, Steffi Graf also won Olympic gold in 1988 and even managed the Golden Slam. Djokovic could also do that.

Kerber is missing injured

Rio silver medalist Angelique Kerber, however, has canceled her participation. The reason for this is a thigh injury that the German suffered on her way to the Wimbledon semi-finals, her management informed the dpa on Thursday.

The German tennis player Angelique Kerber

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“The decision was infinitely difficult for me,” wrote the number 22 in the world on social networks. She has to admit that her “body urgently needs rest after the exertions of the last few weeks”, the 33-year-old explained her move.

Kerber joins the long list of prominent cancellations for the Olympic Games in tennis. For various reasons, the top stars Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are missing in Japan. US Open winners Dominic Thiem and Simona Halep will also not compete. The Tokyo Olympics open on July 23rd and end on August 8th.