Miami Masters tournament director and former ATP player James Blake was sad to see world No. 1 Novak Djokovic withdraw from Miami but he insists he understands the Serb's decision to skip the opening Masters event of the season.
Djokovic, who recently claimed his 18th Grand Slam title and a record ninth Australian Open title, decided not to travel to the United States and instead stay home and spend some time with his family. Djokovic, who thrashed world No.
2 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final at Melbourne Park, hasn't played since winning it all at the Australian Open and he will keep resting until the upcoming clay season. "Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete.
I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family,” Djokovic tweeted. “With all [the] restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home. I look forward to coming back next year!”
Blake understands Djokovic
“This has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially for players with families.
As a father of two myself, I know how important it is to spend time with your children. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to welcome Novak back to Miami next year," Blake said, per the ATP website. Djokovic now has 18 Grand Slam titles and his focus is on overcoming Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's record of 20 Majors captured.
Djokovic's biggest goal in the short term is to be at his best this clay season and attack the French Open title. "If he’s healthy, if his mind is clear like he was in Australia and he knows what he wants to do, the sky is the limit.
Like I said before Steffi Graf, 372, you know… anything is possible. Most important is if he’s healthy then we’ll see what’s going to happen," Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic said.