Novak Djokovic has stated that he intends to compete in the Tokyo Olympics as long as local supporters are permitted in the stands.
“From what I’ve heard, there will be some audience, local audience from Japan only,” Djokovic said at a press conference at Roland Garros. “As I understand it, 20% to 30% of the capacity. If they modify something, if there isn’t going to be a crowd, I’ll think about whether I want to go or not. I’m intending to travel right now, and I’m extremely enthusiastic about it,” he added. Djokovic has competed in three Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in singles in Beijing in 2008.
Djokovic then remarked on Noami Osaka’s decision. The Japanese champion has opted not to participate in any news conference at Roland Garros in order to highlight one of the athletes’ major issues.
“I’m not sure why she took this decision.” Djokovic realizes that post-game press interviews may be exhausting, especially after a loss. But it’s a necessary aspect of sports profession. Throwing light on the significance of mental health and how it should be a topic that should not be overlooked.
Numerous elements are at stake, including as many doubles players who go around tournaments but with extremely tiny prize pools and end up with financial troubles; even the fact of having to be restricted in the hotel and in the bubbles is exhausting and has an effect on some.
Osaka, for her part, explained her reasons for her own social channels. “I am writing to inform you that I will not attend any press conferences during Roland Garros. I have realized, by participating or being the protagonist of these events, that very often people have no respect for the mental health of athletes.