Tennis News: “I’m sorry I won’t be able to see my fans at Indian Wells or play in the desert, which is my favourite spot to visit. I’m looking forward to seeing you next year!” Djokovic, a five-time champion, stated that he has already clinched his spot at the year-end ATP Finals in Turin.
Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one, has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 20-time major winner has not played since losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final earlier this month, which prevented him from completing the calendar Grand Slam.
Djokovic, 34, is a five-time winner of the tournament, which was rescheduled from its customary March date due to the coronavirus outbreak and will begin next Thursday.
“I’m sorry I won’t be able to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, which is my favourite location to visit.” I’m looking forward to seeing you next year!” Djokovic made the announcement on Twitter.
I am sorry I won’t get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year! @BNPPARIBASOPEN
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 29, 2021
“We are disappointed that Novak will not be able to join us at the BNP Paribas Open this fall,” tournament director Tommy Haas stated.
“We hope to see him return at Tennis Paradise next March to compete for a record-breaking sixth desert title.”
Djokovic has already qualified for the year-end ATP Finals in Turin in November, and he is attempting to become the first player to finish the season as world No. 1 seven times.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already finished their seasons, and Dominic Thiem, the 2019 Indian Wells champion, is also out for the rest of the season due to injury.
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