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Tennis Update: Novak Djokovic To Compete In Tokyo Olympics

World No. 1 and newly hailed Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics. The 34-year-old Serb superstar made his announcement Thursday on Twitter, much to the delight of tennis fans around the world. Experts betting on tennis await the superstar.

In his social media post, Djokovic wrote what seemed to be a short message. It was for Koujirou Owaki, a young Japanese fan and aspiring player.

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

Djokovic wins his record-setting 20th Grand Slam title last weekend. He mentions that he was “50-50” on whether he would join the Games in Japan after news spread they will not be allowing fans to be in attendance following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

“My plan was always to go to the Olympic Games, but right now I’m a little bit divided,” Djokovic had earlier said. “It’s kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.”

Djokovic has amassed the hardware and accolades that have made him a legend of the sport; an Olympic Gold Medal, however, remains to be a missing piece in his collection. He could only hope that this year is where he could finally seize the elusive chip.

Based on the top online sportsbook, the announcement likewise expects to influence a significant move in the prices in the Men’s Division odds in the Olympics. With Djokovic still fresh from another historic Grand Slam feat, sportsbooks are most likely to offer the prized superstar at the shortest price possible in the tournament winner market.