Novak Djokovic To Compete At Tokyo Olympics; Eyeing Golden Slam

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 7, 2016: Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during men's singles first round match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre

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Novak Djokovic is set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

While a number of top tennis stars — like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — have decided to withdraw from the Summer Games, the reigning Wimbledon champion announced he will be making the trip to Tokyo as he eyes the rare Golden Slam.

Djokovic, who previously said he was undecided on whether to compete in the Olympics, will be representing his home country of Serbia.

The world No. 1 announced his decision on Twitter, saying he couldn’t let a young fan down.

Cannot disappoint my little friend Koujirou,” he wrote. “I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining [Team Serbia] for the Olympics.”

“I am very proud to pack for Tokyo and join our national team in the fight for the brightest medals on the Olympic arenas. For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and motivation and I will do my best to make us all happy! Let’s go.”

Leading up to the Tokyo Games, Djokovic has already won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year. If he is able to win the gold medal at the Olympics, along with the US Open, he would become the first man to win a Golden Slam — the gold medal and all four majors in the same calendar year.

Only one woman, Steffi Graff in 1988, has accomplished the feat.

The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23, and will run through Sunday, August 8.

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