Salem Radio Network News Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Olympics-Tennis-No medal for Djokovic for third straight Games

TOKYO (Reuters) – World number one and 20-times Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will leave the Olympics without a medal for the third Games in succession after pulling out of Saturday’s mixed doubles bronze medal match with a shoulder injury.

The Serbian, who won a singles bronze in Beijing in 2008 but failed to earn a podium place at the London, Rio and now Tokyo, withdrew from the mixed doubles bronze medal match minutes after his defeat by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the singles bronze medal match.

Djokovic lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Friday in the singles semi-finals, ending his hopes of this year winning a ‘Golden Slam’, which is Olympic gold and all four Grand Slams.

His withdrawal from the mixed doubles means Ash Barty and John Peers bag a bronze medal for Australia.

(This story corrects final to bronze medal match in first paragraph)

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Ken Ferris)


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