Djokovic joins list of Miami withdrawals

Denis Shapovalov predicted prior to his loss in Dubai, that there would be more withdrawals during the coming year from events because of the reduction in prize money levels and the inconvenience to players and their mental health caused by the various covid safety bubbles tournaments currently require them to agree to.

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! Novak Djokovic

To date Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut have announced they will not be participating in next week’s Miami Masters.

And now the current world No.1 Novak Djokovic has joined that list of absentees.

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

Djokovic, a six-time Miami champion, cited the global travel issues caused by the pandemic and his desire to balance events and family life.

“I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family,” he said. “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 prize money element of Shapovalov’s recent outburst would not apply to the 33-year-old Serbian, but the restrictions limiting him to a low number of personnel in his back-up team would, for that would include his family.

In addition the frozen rankings and the fact that his main rivals won’t be there all no doubt, contributed to the five-time Miami champion’s decision.






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