Tennis pros around the world have only one color on their mind – GOLD! That’s because the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner. Open ceremonies will be on Friday, July 23, and match play starts Saturday, July 24. Whether the pros are participating or simply watching, we can expect great things to come from these summer games.
History in the Making
Novak Djokovic is on a quest to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He is headed to the Tokyo Olympics where he hopes to bring home his first gold medal and join the ranks of Steffi Graf, who is the only player in history to win a gold medal and all four majors in the same year, 1988. Referred to as the Calendar Golden Slam, Novak will attempt to add the Olympic medal to his 2021 titles after winning Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and the Australian Open earlier in the year.
The 34-year-old number one player in the world will be keeping this historic opportunity alive wearing Lacoste apparel. Also, he will be playing with the esteemed Head Graphene 360+ and carrying his loot in the massive Head Djokovic 12R Monstercombi Tennis Bag White and Black.
Should Novak earn the gold, he will still need to win in New York at the U.S. Open scheduled to begin on Aug 30, 2021, to achieve the Calendar Golden Slam.
Tennis Tokens for the Tokyo Olympics
If you’re looking for a way to be part of the Tokyo Olympics in spirit, we have a few suggestions.
Feel like part of the team in the Nike Women’s Dri-Blend USOC Olympic Stealth Tee Obsidian and University Red! This t-shirt boasts the official USOC logo with a classic university red swoosh on the side. It’s made with a Dri-Blend material that is both soft and lightweight. Besides, it’s made with 75% Recycled Polyester. Additionally, it has the ability to keep you cool, which makes it perfect for cheering for your team or jumping on the courts during a TV intermission.
Another fan favorite is the Adidas Men’s Primeblue HEAT.RDY Freelift Tokyo Tennis Top White and Dash Grey. This tennis top was made for Tokyo! It’s also made from Primeblue material that is 100% recycled polyester. With a snazzy zig-zag pattern and targeted ventilation zones, you’ll be able to play like an Olympian or cheer on your favorite players.
For fans who prefer to participate in the game, be sure to check out these Olympic Tennis Shoes. The Asics Women’s Solution Speed FF 2 Tokyo Tennis Shoes Sunrise Red and Eclipse Black and the Asics Men’s Solution Speed FF 2 Tokyo Tennis Shoes Sunrise Red and Eclipse Black. Both were designed to boost your on-court performance. This lightweight tennis shoe is made of New FlyteFoam® technology and a special Twistruss System. Both provide structural integrity and increase bounce back.
A Blast from the Past
Did you know that only four players in the world have ever completed a career Golden Slam in tennis history? They are Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal. However, Graf was the only one to pull off a Calendar Golden Slam in 1988.
Remarkably, Graf and Agassi met at the height of their careers at Roland Garros in Paris, the City of Love. They were married on October 22, 2001. This iconic couple of the court has built a tennis academy in Las Vegas and even dabbled with coaching tennis pros such as Grigor Dimitrov. You can learn more about these amazing players, along with many other past tennis Olympians, featured in collector card sets and autographed cards.
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