After Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic withdrew from the first Masters of the year.
In an announcement on social media, the world’s top tennis player announced his decision not to travel to Miami, a decision directly linked to the severe restrictions due to the pandemic.
“Dear fans, it is with great sadness that I announce that I will not be travelling to Miami this year to compete. I have decided to make the most of this precious time at home by staying close to my family. With all the restrictions in place, I need to find a balance between my time on tour and at home. I look forward to returning next year,” Nole wrote.
It would have been impossible for Djokovic to travel to America with his team and his family due to ATP restrictions, so he opted to withdraw from the Miami Open, which starts next week. Combined with the postponement of Indian Wells, the Serb chose not to leave Europe away from his family for just one tournament.
This means that none of the “Big 3” will play in the first Masters of 2021, while only Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete from the top five in the world rankings, who will also hold the top two spots on the rankings.
So far, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils, Borna Coric, Pablo Carreno Busta, Filip Krajinovic, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Guido Pella, Corentin Moutet, Gilles Simon, Pablo Cuevas, Kyle Edmund, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Pablo Andujar have withdrawn from Miami.