‘Very sorry’: Tennis fans stunned by Novak Djokovic announcement

Novak Djokovic has made the shock decision to withdraw from the Miami Open, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in missing the first Masters 1000 event of the year.

The World No.1 will delay his comeback to the ATP Tour following a muscle injury he suffered at the Australian Open, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

Djokovic sustained a muscle tear that hindered him during his successful title defence at Melbourne Park last month, and the 33-year-old had planned to return a Miami before playing the Monte-Carlo Masters and the ATP 250 Serbia Open.

However Djokovic announced his shock withdrawal on Friday, also citing coronavirus restrictions as a further reason.

“Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete,” Djokovic tweeted on Friday.

“I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family.

“With all restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home. I look forward to coming back next year.”

The Miami Open begins on Tuesday, with only 750 fans allowed on the grounds per session.

Nadal has also decided to skip the March 22-April 4 event to recover from a back injury, while Federer will not be present as he works his way back to full fitness after two knee operations in the past 12 months.



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