It is the great event in world sport, one in which you can enjoy in just two weeks the best in the world in 46 sports disciplines. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 they promise strong emotions and unforgettable moments, tennis being an important part of them. And it is that the king sport of the racket can experience absolutely historical moments during the nine days in which matches will be played in search of the medals. Novak Djokovic He starts as a big favorite and will be the protagonist of the tournament, whatever happens, but there are many more reasons why a sports fan should keep an eye out for tennis competitions. These are the 10 great attractions:
1. The possible Golden Slam of Novak Djokovic
If the coming week can be unforgettable for one thing, it is because of the possibility that the Serbian will put a cherry on his professional career and culminate what would already be the most splendid record in the history of men’s tennis. Although this would not be the end, but it would mean keeping alive the option of winning the Golden Slam in the same season, something only within the reach of Steffi Graf.
2. The ability of the Big 3 of young people to make a qualitative leap
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev must regain competitive vigor and show that they are the men called to stand up to Novak. After a really bad turf tour for all of them, landing an Olympic gold would be a remarkable stroke of authority.
3. Players called to fight for a medal without being clear favorites
There are several names that raise the idea of a possible surprise and some of them are Andrey Rublev, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz and Aslan Karatsev. The Canadian and Polish will arrive full of confidence after their good performance at Wimbledon, while the Russians return to their natural habitat: the hard court. Both have been lethal this season on that surface.
4. Check the competitive feelings of Andy Murray
Every time the Scotsman goes out to compete there is a feeling of ultimatum, of defining test regarding his future. He enjoyed tennis again at Wimbledon, but that’s not enough for a born winner like him, who comes in with little real hope of defending gold.
5. Alejandro Davidovich and an opportunity to grow
The Spanish is one of those players who can give the bell in a tournament like this. The motivation that he will feel when defending the colors of Spain for the first time in an Olympic event will be the engine for a man who showed an excellent performance last year at the US Open, with similar conditions in terms of surface and absence of public. A great result would be a turning point in your career.
6. Naomi Osaka and a tournament that can change her life
The Japanese is being a great protagonist in recent months, but not because of what she does on the track. His impressive media exposure after denouncing mental health problems to assume his status as a star and appear in public, have misled all fans. However, an Olympic gold in her own home would mean Naomi’s reconciliation with world tennis.
7. Ashleigh Barty, the option to give a final blow to women’s tennis
World number 1 with a lot of authority and a brand new Wimbledon champion, but more importantly, a born champion with a sense of greatness, consistency and maturity. It will not be easy for the Australian to return to competition after months away from home and great physical and mental effort, but a gold medal would be a clear demonstration that we have started a new era with a clear dominance.
8. The might of Czech tennis, an army in search of the medal
Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Barbora Krejcikova, Marketa Vondrousova and Katerina Siniakova. If with that team, the Czech Republic fails to scratch a medal in women’s tennis, it would be really strange. The Europeans have been the great world power for a long time and they will want to prove it once again. They start with obvious options for success in both singles and doubles.
9. Garbiñe Muguruza, the hour of redemption
Everything was perfect until an inopportune injury crossed the path of the Spanish. It has been difficult for him to regain his rhythm and he has run into difficult opponents in big tournaments, but it may be the moment when he is back at his best level. She has shown on numerous occasions that she is an impressive tennis player at the big events and this is one of them.
10. A new gift to the world from Carla Suárez
Having a new opportunity to see one of the most beloved tennis players in the world compete is a tribute to tennis on the part of the Canary Islands. She perfectly represents the values of Olympism and will seek to give herself a joy with a medal that no one can deserve as much as she.