Novak Djokovic‘s father Srdjan sent a message to his son in an attempt to discourage him from participating in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
The Serbian superstar lost in the men’s semi-finals to Alexander Zverev before he missed out on the bronze medal after being defeated by Pablo Carreno and subsequently had to withdraw from mixed doubles’ bronze medal match due to shoulder discomfort.
“If my opinion means something to you, I don’t think you should go to Tokyo,” read Srdjan Djokovic‘s message to Novak, as the world No.1’s father revealed on the Business Stories podcast.
“It’s a long way, there are no spectators, you would have to quarantine again. It’s just not the Olympics without spectators. Dad loves you.”
Srdjan Djokovic didn’t hesitate to also read out Novak‘s emotive response, as the 34-year-old stressed he would do anything for his country.
“Of course your opinion matters to me, dad,” read Djokovic‘s message.
“I wanted to take three or four days [off] to feel how my body was. I always recover quickly, so it’s not a big deal.
“Patriotism is very strong in my heart and in my head, dad. You know me, when it comes to Serbia, I cry there and I don’t turn around.”