World’s No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is setting his sights on the Olympics, where he believes he still has unfinished business. Djokovic is looking forward to getting gold in the 2024 Olympics tournament in Paris, adding that he’s keen to make a comeback in Australia despite being deported this year.
Djokovic’s quest to get an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo was cut short in the semi-final, after losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The loss marred his otherwise stellar year in 2021, where he was victorious in the first three Grand Slams before losing in the fourth final.
A day after his semi-final defeat by Zveerev, Djokovic went down to Pablo Carreno Busta for the bronze medal game only to go home from Japan empty-handed. Speaking to the Radio Television of Serbia before returning to competitive action, the 34-year-old tennis master revealed that getting an Olympic gold medal has always been on his wish list. Unfortunately, Djokovic hasn’t had a chance to fight for a gold medal in the past and he plans to do that in 2024.
While speaking to the press, Djokovic revealed that he has rewound his Tokyo match against Zverev so many times trying to see what he did wrong. Djokovic played superbly well until the semi-finals, but he started feeling like he was playing on fumes mentally and physically. However, this was still a highly competitive match, with Betway sports betting Mozambique offering solid odds.
After an 11-day rollercoaster, last month with two court challenges, two visa cancellations, and spending five nights in an immigration detention center, the tennis player was deported the day before the Australian Open began. That deprived fans the chance for Betway sports punters to wager on him as he didn’t get the opportunity to extend his record by hunting for his 10th Australian Open and record his 21st Grand Slam title.
Djokovic has revealed he’ll always remember the nice things that happened to him in Melbourne as he still has a solid connection with Australia despite his misfortune. His past results in Melbourne are an excellent indicator of how he feels when he’s playing in the country, although everything that happened this year was unexpected.
The 34-year-old says it will be hard to forget his Melbourne misfortunes, but he still wants to play in Australia in the coming years and experience the crowds in Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic also told the BBC that he’s prepared to miss out on the Grand Slams and any other tournament. He also added that he isn’t anti-vaxxer and he’ll maintain an open mind in the future.
Djokovic started his 2022 season in mid-February at the ATP 500 Dubai Championships, where he lost against Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals. Following this upset, Djokovic relinquished his No. 1 spot to Daniil Medvedev. The Serbian tennis player had been at the top spot since outranking Rafael Nadal in 2020, until he lost the position to Daniil Medvedev in late February 2022 after the 26-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Acapulco ATP 500 event.