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Novak Djokovic wants rankings points awarded at Olympics

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic understands American John Isner’s decision to pull out of the Rio Olympics. Isner said his main reason for skipping the Summer Games in August was that no points will be awarded for players competing for medals.

American John Isner pulls out of Rio

World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday at the French Open to advance to the second round of the tournament. 1:13

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic understands American John Isner's decision to pull out of the Rio Olympics.

Isner said his main reason for skipping the Summer Games in August was that no points will be awarded for players competing for medals.

Djokovic echoed the complaint by Isner, the highest ranking American male on the ATP Tour.

"That was one of the debates, I think, whether or not we should have points in the Olympic Games," Djokovic, who will compete in Rio, told reporters following his first-round win against Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun at the French Open on Tuesday.

"To be quite frank, I don't see a reason why not. You know, we have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth Grand Slam. It's of that importance for all of us, even more, because it happens every four years. I would definitely encourage people to rethink getting points out there."

To this point, 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria and 23rd-ranked Feliciano Lopez have also said they will not participate at the Rio Games.

Britain's Andy Murray and American Serena Williams will defend their Olympic titles.

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