Novak Djokovic has expressed his delight at being asked to carry the Serbia flag at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, an honour he was only too glad to accept.
As his country’s best and most famous sportsman, it was the obvious choice and though he won’t be actually staying in the Village – “you have to sort out the traffic, it’s really terrible” – he aims to see as many other sports as he can and mix with the world’s best from other sports.
“It feels incredible,” he said. “I remember being at the opening ceremony in Beijing, and how incredible it was to be part of that, in front of 90,0000 to 100,000 people, and God knows how many millions watching around the world. I believe London will do a great job and just the thought of carrying the flag there, it’s mind-blowing really.’
“We will go to the Village obviously to feel the atmosphere. I believe the Olympic Games are about the Olympic Village; all the athletes dining together, talking to each other, this is the most valuable experience.”
Djokovic is the highest-profile tennis player to be confirmed as a flag-bearer so far but there are strong rumours Rafa Nadal may be given the nod for Spain. The Spanish team has plenty of choice but Nadal, who won gold in Beijing, would be a popular choice.
Roger Federer, who carried the flag for Switzerland in both Athens and in Beijing, is keen to do the job for the third time.