On Thursday, the world number 1 questioned his participation in the 2021 Olympic Games in the absence of an audience. Novak Djokovic would miss the opportunity to win the last major singles coronation which is missing from his record.
It is a position that should trithe the brains of the organizers of Roland-Garros already shaken by that of Naomi Osaka. Novak Djokovic said he was ready to reconsider his participation in the Tokyo Olympics in the absence of an audience to provide the stands.
The Olympic Games, already postponed by a year due to the Covid pandemic, are supposed to begin on July 24 in Tokyo, despite strong opposition in the country, in particular because of the health situation in Japan. It is not yet clear whether the Games will be open to the public, and to what extent. The only certainty is that only Japanese people will be allowed to attend.
So why should such a declaration certainly worry the thinking heads of the French Open? Because the kickoff of the main draw, scheduled for May 30, rhymes with a great novelty for the Grand Slam: the launch of the night-sessions. If the broadcaster Amazon Prime has planned a spectacular device and intends to make the mastodons of the circuit benefit from it to shoe the spectators, these meetings scheduled at 9 p.m. will take place behind closed doors due to the curfew.
An opportunity which should therefore not be thrown by the world number 1. Rafael Nadal and his thirteen titles was also reluctant: “Let’s see how the situation will evolve over the next two weeks. We have to respect the rules but, as everyone knows, I prefer to play in a day session, without the slightest doubt. as a player, I will abide by the decisions of the tournament, “he confided.
The puzzle does not seem ready to end for Guy Forget.