'A bit divided': Novak Djokovic casts doubt on 'unbelievable' possibility

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Seen here, Novak Djokovic speaks to reporters at Wimbledon 2021.
Novak Djokovic has cast doubt over his chances of completing the 'golden slam'. Pic: Getty

Winning the calendar year grand slam, plus the Olympic Games gold medal in the same year is without doubt the rarest feat a player can accomplish in tennis.

So rare that Germany's Steffi Graf remains the only player to have ever achieved the feat after claiming all four tennis majors in 1988, along with the gold medal at the Seoul Games.

Novak Djokovic - fresh from his Wimbledon victory over the weekend - has an opportunity to etch his name further into the annals of history, with just two more titles required to become the first man in history to win the 'golden slam'.

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However, the 20-time grand slam champion has cast doubt over that extraordinary possibility after admitting that he's still not sure whether he'll compete at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

Djokovic says he is "50-50" about competing in Tokyo after a fan ban and restrictions on the number of people he can take to the Games.

The Serbian appeared on track for a "golden slam" when he claimed a record equalling 20th grand slam title with a four set win over Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final.

He had previously been vocal about trying to become the first man to win all four slams and Olympic tennis gold in the same year.

But he appeared unsure about a Games tilt after Olympic organisers last week barred spectators from Tokyo venues as a surge in COVID-19 cases forced Japan to declare a state of emergency in the capital city that will last throughout the multi-sport event which starts on July 23.

"I'll have to think about it," Djokovic said after winning his sixth Wimbledon title.

"My plan was always to go to Olympic Games.

"But right now I'm a little bit divided. It's kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple days."

Despite his reservations, tennis fans have been left hoping and praying that the Serb has a crack at sealing another extraordinary piece of history.

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Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity beckons

Djokovic completed the third leg of the "golden slam" when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros triumphs in 2021.

Considering this is the first time in his career that Djokovic has won the season's opening three majors, he may never get another opportunity to complete the "golden slam" if he opts out of the Games.

Some of the sport's biggest names, including Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams and Simona Halep have already announced their decision to skip the Games, which has been delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

Seen here, Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Wimbledon title in 2021.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the Wimbledon title for his 20th career grand slam trophy. Pic: Getty

Djokovic said he was "really disappointed" to hear that the events in Tokyo will be played without any spectators present.

"I also hear that there's going to be a lot of restrictions within the (Games) village," he said.

"Possibly you would not be able to see other athletes perform live.

"I can't even have my stringer, that is very important part of my team.

"I'm limited with the amount of people I can take in my team as well."

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