Tennis world in frenzy over Djokovic and Federer news at Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, pictured here at Wimbledon in 2019.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2019. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Tennis fans were sent into a frenzy during Wimbledon on Thursday when Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were named on an official list of players entered for the Tokyo Olympics.

In a boost for the tennis event hit by the high-profile withdrawals of Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams, Djokovic and Federer were named by the International Tennis Federation.

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But as the ITF noted: "The entry lists are still subject to change."

Neither man has fully committed to playing in Tokyo, with Federer saying last weekend that he would wait until Wimbledon ends on July 11 to decide whether he will head to Japan.

Djokovic has made it clear that he'd like to pursue a 'golden slam' - winning all four majors and an Olympic singles gold medal in a calendar year.

Only Steffi Graf has achieved that feat, doing so in 1988.

Djokovic is two-fifths of the way there after winning the Australian and French Opens earlier this year.

Bidding to match Federer and Rafael Nadal's record grand slam haul at Wimbledon, Djokovic won a singles bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Federer won doubles gold at the same Olympics alongside Stan Wawrinka.

A singles gold medal is the only major prize that still eludes the two greats of the game.

While it remains to be seen whether or not they'll actually play in Tokyo, fans and pundits were overjoyed to see them named on Thursday.

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Nick Kyrgios' Olympics participation in doubt

World No1. Ash Barty and Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka head the field in the women's singles.

The Olympics will mark Osaka's return to competition after she withdrew from the French Open after the first round to take a mental health break.

Two-time champion Andy Murray, whose ranking has slipped to 118th as he battles to come back from hip surgery, will be aiming to win gold for the third Olympics in succession.

But Nick Kyrgios' participation is now in major doubt despite being named in Australia's team on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, pictured here at the Olympic Games.
An Olympic singles gold medal has eluded Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Image: Getty

Speaking at Wimbledon on Wednesday, Kyrgios said he is "tossing up options" and may opt out of the Games due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Kyrgios, who opted out of the 2016 Rio Games amid a feud with Australia's chef de mission, has entered the Atlanta Open which clashes with the Olympic tennis tournament.

"Ever since I was a player I wanted to compete at the Olympics but I've also entered Atlanta as well," Kyrgios told reporters after beating Gianluca Mager to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

"I'm tossing up my options at the same time.

"I've heard some things about the Olympics that are very tough restrictions-wise. No guests, none of that stuff."

Kyrgios said he felt more embraced by Australia's Olympic officialdom now than in the lead-in to Rio when former chef de mission Kitty Chiller sent him a 16-page letter detailing his instances of misconduct and asked him to respond before selection.

with AAP

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