Aslan Karatsev Australian Open 2021

‘We want to bring the country a medal’, says Aslan Karatsev coach

New world No. 27 Aslan Karatsev has set his sights on winning a medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

The 27-year-old won the Dubai Tennis Championships as a wildcard after beating Lloyd Harris in the final on Saturday. This was his first ATP singles title, and it came the week after he won his first tour-level doubles title in Doha with compatriot Andrey Rublev.

Karatsev could, therefore, have a chance to win a medal in both the men’s singles and doubles events at the rescheduled 2020 Olympics. The tennis event is set to be held from July 24 – August 1.

“We really want to play at the Olympic Games, to represent the country (Russia),” Karatsev’s Belarusian coach Yegor Yatsyk told TASS Russian News Agency.

“We don’t think too much, but we need to start preparing. This is a different tournament, especially for our countries, the Olympics have always been significant and we want to bring the country a medal. If possible, then a gold one.”

Due to sanctions imposed on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency by the World Anti-Doping Agency, approved Russian athletes are set to compete as neutrals at this summer’s Games.

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