Novak Djokovic to skip Miami event: 'I will do everything to return as soon as possible'
Tennis - The World No. 2 joins Andy Murray in the withdrawals list: 'All that I've been through physically in the past so many years did leave a mark on my body'
Novak Djokovic's withdrawal from the Masters 1000 event of Miami, that starts next Wednesday, was in the air since Saturday. Now the Serbian player himself confirmed his absence through a long statement on his Facebook page. 'I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament. My doctor has strongly advised against play because my (right) elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week. I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return on court as soon as possible. Sadly, I won't be able to defend my title in Miami this week. Believe me, it is as shocking to me, as it is to you. I had incredible run in Miami, I won there my first masters tournament (in 2007) and started my campaign towards the top of the world rankings. No wonder they say that in sport the biggest and most painful defeats come from injuries, and not from opponents. I am lucky that throughout my career I didn't have many injuries, but I guess that all that I've been through physically in the past so many years did leave a mark on my body', wrote Djokovic, who won the title in Florida six times, the last three ones in a row.
This withdrawal means he will lose 1,000 points in the ATP Rankings, and so by 2 April he will have around 4,000 points less than his rival Andy Murray, who won't play the Miami event as well. Djokovic is supposed to comeback in the Davis Cup tie against Spain on an indoor hard-court in Belgrade from 7 to 9 April, or most likely directly in the clay-courts season that for him will start in Monte Carlo in mid-April. It's not a lucky year for the organizers of Miami event, that won't count on the most important French players neither: a few days ago Tsonga and Gasquet announced their withdrawal, now also Gael Monfils did it. He had said that would have made changes in his schedule, and the first change is about the Miami event, where he won't play. In the women's draw, Serena Williams's absence is the most important one obviously.