Novak Djokovic ’50-50′ on playing Tokyo Olympics

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Novak Djokovic said he is “50-50” on whether to play the Tokyo Olympics and go for a calendar Golden Slam.

The Serbian is reconsidering his commitment due to recent coronavirus countermeasures and athlete restrictions.

“My plan was always to go to Olympic Games, but right now I’m a little bit divided,” Djokovic said after winning Wimbledon for a 20th Grand Slam title to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “I also hear that there’s going to be a lot of restrictions within the [Athletes’] Village. 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 can’t have a stringer. I’m limited with the amount of people I can take in my team as well.”

Djokovic said he was disappointed to learn last week’s news that fans will not be allowed at Olympic tennis matches and most other venues.

“It’s kind of 50-50 because of what I heard in the last couple days,” he said of possibly competing in a fourth consecutive Games.

Djokovic is the only man in the Open Era to win all four majors twice, but he lacks the Olympic gold medal won by Federer (doubles in 2008) and Nadal (singles in 2008, doubles in 2016). Djokovic took singles bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Djokovic, the first man to win the first three majors in a year since Rod Laver in 1969, previously repeated this year that he was motivated to play the Olympics.

Steffi Graf is the only man or woman to win all four majors and the Olympics in the same year (in 1988).

Last year, Djokovic said if he could change one career result, it would be one of his Olympic matches.

“I have a highest aspirations and ambitions going into Tokyo Olympics,” he said on July 2. “Olympic Games happen every four years. It is the biggest sports event in the history of sport. Obviously representing the country for me is the highest of honor and a privilege. I always try to be there for Serbia and Serbian tennis. Olympic Games next to Grand Slams this year are my highest goals.”

Nadal and Serena Williams previously said they will not play in Tokyo. Federer said after his Wimbledon loss on Wednesday that he was undecided on the Tokyo Games.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw, scores

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.

No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.

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