Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one in men’s tennis, stated on Thursday that he will reconsider his participation in the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 – August 8) if no public is allowed due to the corona virus.
“I plan to perform at the Games if spectators are allowed to be present. If not, I will have to think about it again ”, the Serb said at a press conference after qualifying for the semi-finals for the ATP tournament in Belgrade. In the quarter-finals, Djokovic had no child to the Argentinian Federico Coria (ATP 96): 6-1 and 6-0 after less than an hour was the hard verdict.
The organizers of the Games do not allow foreign supporters and decide on the local population at the end of June. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams also expressed their reservations about their participation earlier. Roger Federer believes athletes need clarity. He also still has doubts.
A state of emergency has again been declared in several regions of Japan due to the resurgence of the virus, which has left the Japanese public largely against the Games. Medical groups warn that the event could bring new variants into Japan and thus put pressure on the country’s medical resources.