Djokovic and Nadal will not play in an upcoming prestigious tournament

The Serb and the Spaniard are not present in the Entry List of an ATP 500 which will be played in a few weeks

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Djokovic and Nadal will not play in an upcoming prestigious tournament
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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will not play at the ATP 500 in Dubai. The news was in the air, but it was confirmed by the official Entry List of the tournament.
Daniil Medvedev, fresh finalist in Melbourne, will therefore lead the seeding in Dubai. The Russian lost his second consecutive Australian Open final, squandering a two-set lead.

Also present were Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, protagonists of an excellent journey in Australia. Both reached the quarter-finals, losing to Sinner and Medvedev respectively. Closing the list of seeds are Adrian Mannarino, Karen Khachanov, Ugo Humbert, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Jan-Lennard Struff.

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About Nadal,the Spanish legend could receive a wild card if he decides to play the tournament in Dubai. The Spaniard suffered a slight injury in Brisbane during the match against Jordan Thompson and missed the first Slam of the season. According to what his team reported, Nadal will play in Doha from February 19th to 24th. A different story however for Djokovic.

Djokovic and Nadal out of Dubai 2024

"Let's see how the situation will develop in the future. When you leave the field after a defeat, your head is still hot: you are struggling to be rational, but there are a lot of irrational thoughts going through your head. I want my thoughts to calm down "When I have calmed down, I will go ahead and see which tournaments to play," told Novak Djokovic to the Serbian media at the end of the semi-final with Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open, opening up the possibility of a short break before returning to the court.

The 36-year-old has evidently chosen not to leave from Dubai, an event in which he has participated in three of the last four editions, and to set his sights on the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

Below you can read the complete entry list of the ATP 500 in Dubai: