Novak Djokovic has forfeited the first Masters 1000 of the season, in Miami (March 24 - April 4). The world number one, fresh off the record for the number of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, announced the news on his Twitter profile.
"I'm sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to play," he wrote in the post published earlier. “I have decided to use this precious time to stay at home with my family. With all these restrictions I need to find a balance between the circuit and the family.
I can't wait to play next year! " No reported physical problems or injuries whatsoever. Djokovic simply wants to spend more time at home with his family after being absent for so long between January and February. His retirement joins those of Rafael Nadal, Thiem, Roger Federer, Monfils, Carreno Busta and Wawrinka, among the highest ranked players.
But the forfeits for the Florida event are multiple. By virtue of this, Lorenzo Musetti could enter the draw directly: he will be able to skip the qualifications if another player on the entry list gives up the tournament. Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is one of the most humble guys on Tour.
Despite achieving tremendous success over the years, the Spaniard maintains a down-to-earth attitude. Even his arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, carry themselves with class on and off the tennis courts. Recently, Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud stated the similarities in the approach of the Swiss superstar and the Serbian ace with Rafael Nadal.
Rudd added the three guys have been warm with him whenever they’ve come across each other. For a youngster to receive such kind of support from the legends of the game is a great deal.
Casper Ruud knows Rafael Nadal better amongst The Big 3
Speaking more on this subject, Casper Ruud added, “I think they’re all great guys.
I know Rafael Nadal the best. But I’ve played against Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the match, they were both nice to me both on the court and off the court. You know when I see them they say hi to me. “I think that’s really nice because they have hundreds and thousands of people in their life that they can say hi to and for them to come to me at the gym”.
Federer returned to Tour and is currently practicing in Dubai. Djokovic has decided to skip Miami Open and Nadal has followed suit. However, the Spaniard will look forward to competing at the Monte Carlo Masters next month.