Djokovic To Play At Paris Games, Says Serbia Olympic Committee

Novak Djokovic, a former tennis world number one, will compete at the Summer Olympics in Paris, the Serbian Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday.

“Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic have met the ATP ranking requirements and confirmed their participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Paris 2024,” the Serbian organization stated on their website.

Djokovic has yet to formally confirm the announcement.

The 24-time Grand Slam winner withdrew from his Roland Garros quarterfinal against Casper Ruud in early June after a scan indicated a ruptured medial meniscus in his right knee.

Djokovic revealed two weeks ago that he had undergone knee surgery and that it “went well,” but he did not provide a timeline for his return.

Djokovic has always stated that he will prioritize the Olympic Games this summer as he pursues the elusive singles gold.

He stated in October of last year that capturing Olympic gold next year is one of his key goals, and he restated that desire prior to this year’s clay tournaments.

“The Paris Olympics are really important. “The Olympics have always been a priority for me,” Djokovic remarked in April, just before the Monte Carlo clay court tournament.

He competed in four Olympic competitions, winning a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. He has since gone close to winning another medal.

He lost the bronze medal match to Juan Martin del Potro in London in 2012. Four years later, in Rio, he lost to the Argentine in the first round once more.

At the most recent Games in Tokyo, Djokovic lost the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

At the same competition, he had to withdraw from the mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a shoulder issue.

Djokovic has dropped to third in the ATP rankings following his early withdrawal at the Roland Garros tournament.

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