Photo: Sergio CarmonaNovak Djokovic (SRB)
Novak Djokovic has achieved almost everything that can be in the world of tennis over the last couple of years and come London 2012 he will have an opportunity to add an Olympic gold medal to that list.
‘Olympic Champion’ has become a title that all the top athletes in the game are striving to add to their résumé and with the opportunity coming around just once every four years the world No. 1 is going to face some fierce competition if he is to take gold for Serbia.
“The Olympic gold medal is the dream of every professional athlete,” said Djokovic. “The Olympic Games are the pinnacle of all sports, the oldest, most prestigious sporting event, with the most history.”
The 25-year-old will be looking to improve upon his experience from Beijing in 2008 when he won bronze, having fallen victim to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
Playing for his country is certainly no novel experience for Djokovic having been an integral member of the Serbian Davis Cup team for a number of years. Having represented his nation since 2004, ultimate success was finally achieved in 2010 when the deeply patriotic team lifted the trophy for the first time..
Djokovic’s strong feelings for Serbia and incredible success on the court in recent times have made him the obvious choice for flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony – a position which he is very much looking forward to fulfilling.
“I had the honour of being a part of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. The Opening Ceremony was probably the most exciting, most incredible moment of my sport career.”
Alongside the Opening Ceremony, the other unique experience that he is most looking forward to is something that many people thought would never happen... players wearing non-white clothing on the hallowed grass courts.
“What I really look forward to also is the colours on Wimbledon courts. It’s going to be interesting to see!”