Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic hasn't been allowed to compete at the Indian Wells Masters. Djokovic's name appeared in the Indian Wells Masters main draw, which led to a confusion. Two weeks ago in Dubai, Djokovic said he's unlikely to get the green light to play Indian Wells.
Last month, Djokovic confirmed to the BBC that he's unvaccinated and made it clear he won't take the vaccine just for the sake of being able to play in all tournaments. “Novak Djokovic is on the list of participants in the tournament, and that’s why he’s also in the tableau,” the Indian Wells organizers said in a brief statement.
We are currently in contact with his team."
Indian Wells update:
IN: Lucky Loser — Entry List Updates (@EntryLists) March 9, 202
Djokovic out, Grigor Dimitrov moves into his spot
Djokovic is a five-time Indian Wells Masters champion.
Dimitrov moves into Djokovic's spot in the draw — Entry List Updates (@EntryLists) March 9, 2022
Djokovic captured his first Indian Wells title in 2018, while his second Indian Wells title came in 2012. Djokovic won three consecutive Indian Wells titles between 2014 and 2017. Unfortunately, Djokovic won't compete for his sixth Indian Wells titles.
In an interview with RTS, Djokovic explained his vaccine stance. “As an elite athlete, I want to triple-check everything that enters my body. If something changes for 0.5% in my body, I feel it. I am just cautious before making any decisions, I am taking my time and keeping my mind open.
I will live with the consequences," Djokovic told RTS. “I stand for choice and the autonomy of every individual, that every person has the right to decide in the matter of their health. I don’t like being labelled and put in the same category with certain initiatives or movements, I never said I support any of those.
I have always tried to respect everybody’s choices, I hope that people can respect mine as well”. Next up on Djokovic's schedule is the Miami Masters but nothing can be said with certainty.