He won’t be number one in the world for the first two Masters 1,000 times. The United States government has not granted an exemption so that Novak Djokovic can enter the country without being vaccinated against the coronavirus Serbia did not compete in Indian Wellswhich starts this week and not in Miami.
Those responsible for the Californian tournament in the statement did not specify the reasons for the withdrawal of the Balkans, but the arguments are clear. Djokovic has not yet been vaccinated and will not be able to enter these conditions in the United States until May. It will be the fourth consecutive year that Nole has not competed in the Californian desert. Djokovic’s loss renews the fight for world number one and widens Alcaraz’s options to return to the top of the ATP. Carlitos arrived in Indian Wells after suffering a muscle injury in the Rio final, which forced him to withdraw from the Acapulco tournament.
Djokovic was quite clear that his presence in Indian Wells was repulsive. He has already announced that if he does not receive a vacation from the Joe Biden administration, he will withdraw from the tournament hours before the final draw. and so he did. Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili will compete for him. Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the first two seeds.
Djokovic’s loss, like Nadal’s, in Indian Wells and Miami makes it time to become a European on clay, to become the big attraction of the season with the disadvantage of winning 22 Grand Slams.. Nole, like Rafa, could return to the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and rely on feelings, setting his calendar for Madrid and Rome, as the most important times, before the Roland Garros title. Last year, Djokovic had come quite right on clay and only in the Italian Forum was he at his next level. At Roland Garros, Nadal had four sets in the sets.
Djokovic’s refusal to be vaccinated caused the Serbian to miss an impressive list of tournaments: the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami (2), Canada, Cincinnati and the United States Open.