World no 1 Novak Djokovic acknowledged on Friday he will no longer be taking half in at the Miami Commence, becoming a member of fellow Massive Slam legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in skipping next week’s occasion.
The 33-yr-gentle Serbian big title won his 18th Massive Slam singles crown and ninth Australian Commence singles title last month.
That locations him third on the all-time males’s listing at the attend of the 20 Slam titles owned by Swiss big title Federer and Spaniard Nadal, who will are trying to protect his French Commence title in the next Slam showdown on the red clay of Roland Garros.
“Dear followers, I’m very sorry to command that this yr I will no longer hotfoot to Miami to compete,” Djokovic tweeted on Friday.
Djokovic, a six-time Miami champion, cited the realm hotfoot components precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic and his wish to steadiness events and household existence.
“I made up our minds to expend this treasured time at dwelling to follow my household,” he acknowledged. “With all restrictions, I dangle to search out steadiness in my time on tour and at dwelling. I stay wakeful for coming attend next yr!“
Federer won the most smartly-liked Miami Commence title in 2019, his fourth occupation trophy at the occasion, with the occasion being known as off last yr as a result of outbreak of the lethal virus. He valuable to work on his fitness sooner than the opposite majors later this season.
Nadal, a 34-yr-gentle left-hander, has no longer played since being ousted from last month’s Australian Commence quarter-finals by Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Sad to command that I will no longer be taking half in in Miami, a metropolis that I the truth is like,” Nadal tweeted earlier this month. “I dangle to totally rep greater and rep ready for the clay court season in Europe.“
Nadal seeks a fifth consecutive French Commence title and 14th occupation crown at Roland Garros. He has with out a doubt no longer won the Miami crown, dropping five finals.
Dear followers, I’m very sorry to command that this yr I won’t hotfoot to Miami to compete. I made up our minds to expend this treasured time at dwelling to follow my household. With all restrictions, I dangle to search out steadiness in my time on tour and at dwelling. I stay wakeful for coming attend next yr!
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 19, 2021
Sad to command that I won’t be taking half in in Miami, a metropolis that I the truth is like. I dangle to totally rep greater and rep ready for the clay court season in Europe. Particular message to my followers in the US and in train to the mountainous Spanish talking group FL who always give me a mountainous relieve!????
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 16, 2021