Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are still wondering if their Olympic Games dreams will come true.
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, who serve as tournament captains for the U.S. Open’s men’s draw, also might miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Both of the current No. 1 players in the world are eager to play at the 2020 Tokyo Games. They’ve been training in the United States ahead of the tournament they’re scheduled to host this summer, and they still have not decided on whether to make it in time.
“I know Andy and Kei will definitely commit to playing in Tokyo, but I don’t know what their plans are for 2018 at this point,” Harry Peers, chief executive of the International Tennis Federation, said Wednesday.
Djokovic played in Rio four years ago and is among several tennis players who have called the program too hard, too physically taxing and not worth it.
Several players on Tuesday blasted the governing body of tennis for setting unrealistic expectations.
“A lot of athletes that have high demands for themselves in their sport, they are not trying to get tired,” Nadal said. “I’m not asking to compete for a medal. I’m talking about the highest event, the Olympic Games.”