Among the sports that have seen the highest number of withdrawals at the Tokyo Olympics, tennis is likely to rank highest on the list. Among sports, the world will still follow, despite so many high-profile draws, tennis will probably rank among the best.
Such is the aura of the sport that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams, who are not there in Tokyo, will not prevent people from watching the tennis event at the Olympics and speaking brightly about the Swiss and Spanish greatness and exploits of the sisters. Williams at the four-year games.
While the conversation will surely focus on the Williams sisters, who have won four gold medals since making their debut at the 2000 Olympics but missed the Olympics, there will also be a lot of interest around Serb Novak Djokovic, who is running to be the first. a male player who took a gold helmet off a calendar.
Only German tennis legend Steffi Graf has won all four Grand Slam and Olympic gold in a calendar year – 1988 – and while three more have won a career gold medal – Serena, Andre Agassi and Nadal – no one has run a calendar helmet.
Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, will soon see Olympic gold before winning the US Open in August-September to reach the final prize.
The 34-year-old world number one Serb is in form and after winning his 20th Grand Slam title to become a joint world record holder with Federer and Nadal, he fueled his desire to set the bar higher.
A bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Djokovic was initially on his mind after recently winning Wimbledon whether to compete in Tokyo or not. But now that he is competing, the Serb is leading for the gold.
If things go according to the script and Djokovic meets Greek Stefano Tsitsipas in the final, it could be a moment of déjà vu for the Serb, who beat world number four in the Roland Garros final this year. Or, perhaps, it could be Russia’s first number two in the world, Daniil Medvedev, to make his debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
There are many permutations and combinations if someone throws similar to Germany’s Alexander Zverev, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and two-time British Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray, although Djokovic will continue to be the favorite to win his first Olympic gold.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka, currently second in the world, could turn the tennis arena at the Tokyo Olympics into a springboard to return to her top form after her mental health problems, which led her to retire. after winning the first round of the French and Wimbledon Open.
The women’s race could be a three-horse race with Wimbledon champion and world No. 1 Ashley Barty of Australia, Naomi, and the French Open doubles champion of the Czech Republic Barbora Krejcikova in the fight for gold.
The United States, which has won 39 medals, including a record 21 gold medals in Olympic tennis, is unfortunately not among the favorites in Tokyo, as the Williams sisters do not compete.
The dominance of Serena and Venus at the Olympics was such that they each won four gold medals since making their Olympic debut in 2000. They won three gold medals together, with Serena winning a single gold in 2012 and Venus winning a single. gold in 2000 mixed pairs of silver with Rajeev Ram in 2016.
There was hope from 17-year-old Coco Gaff, but after her withdrawal because of Kovid-19, the American team has a sparse appearance.