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Novak Djokovic set to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

June 21, 2024

Novak Djokovic set to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

World number three and 24-time grand slam singles champion Novak Djokovic of Belgrade, Serbia is set to represent Serbia at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris according to Erin Maher of NBC Sports. Djokovic’s status was in doubt after he had to pull out of the quarterfinals of the 2024 French Open because of a leg injury.

Djokovic reportedly injured his leg in the fourth round of the French Open. Despite a torn meniscus in his left knee, Djokovic beat the 23rd seed Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina, 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round of Roland Garros for his 370th grand slam singles win. That passed Roger Federer of Switzerland for the most grand slam singles wins of all-time.

After the injury, Djokovic had successful surgery. We do not know at this time when precisely he will be back on the tennis court. There is a general feeling that he will miss Wimbledon, just like his long-time rival Rafael Nadal of Spain. Nadal is missing Wimbledon, so he can concentrate on preparing to play men’s doubles. Next month Nadal is teaming up with Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who is planning on making a rare doubles appearance.

Djokovic has won seven Wimbledon titles, with the last win in 2022. If Wimbledon was the same surface as Roland Garros (host venue of the Olympic Games), we might have seen Djokovic make a more committed attempt to play at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. However, with Wimbledon being on grass, and the Olympic Games being on clay, a Wimbledon appearance this time around appears to be unlikely for Djokovic.


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