Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from his mixed doubles bronze medal contest in the Tokyo Olympics due to a left shoulder injury.
He was set to take part in the match alongside Nina Stojanovic, after they failed to reach the mixed doubles final, but a shoulder injury has seemingly ruled him out of the contest.
Novak Djokovic withdraws from the mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a left shoulder injury.— ITF Media (@ITFMedia) July 31, 2021
Ashleigh Barty and John Peers receive a walkover against Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic and win the bronze medal for Australia.
Djokovic, who is currently ranked as the world’s number one, lost his bronze medal singles match on Saturday against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, yet during that contest he showed no sign of carrying an injury.
It was a tough defeat for Djokovic, especially since Carreno Busta was making his Olympics debut, with the Spaniard storming ahead in the third set.
Spain has now won at least one medal in tennis in eight of the last nine Olympics.
Djokovic even let his frustrations get the better of him during the change of ends, smashing his racket as his chances of a bronze medal were slipping away against Carreno Busta.
Djokovic just tossed his racquet into the stand. No warning. pic.twitter.com/TMCv29dCnQ— . (@Ashish__TV) July 31, 2021
Prior to smashing the racket, he had already flung his racket into the stands earlier on in the contest.
The Serbian now leaves the Olympics without a medal for the third straight time, with his last medal being a bronze one in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will now have to wait until Paris 2024 in order to get the chance to win another Olympic medal.
As a result of Djokovic’s withdrawal, Ashleigh Barty and John Peers have received a walkover, and thus they have won the bronze medal for Australia.
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