Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open

  • Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open

Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open

Novak Djokovic has joined Andy Murray in withdrawing from next week's Miami Open.

"My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week", Djokovic said on the tournament's website.

Having won the competition in 2009 and 2013, the Brit will be disappointed to have been forced to withdraw from the event in Florida.

"Apologies to the fans, it's one of my favourite tournaments". Paradoxically Murray's lead over Djokovic in the rankings will grow past 4,000 points through their absence from the Miami tournament, as the Serb was defending winning points from a year ago. I had incredible run in Miami, I won there my first masters tournament and started my campaign towards the top of the world rankings. "The focus now is on getting ready for the clay season".

With the top seed's departure, world number 136 Taylor Fritz, the 19-year-old American, will take his place in the main draw. Djokovic has taken the title for five of the last six years, including the last three editions. Reports say that he returned home to Monaco after his loss to Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells with an elbow injury keeping him out.

Although he opened 2017 on a promising note with a title in Doha, he slumped to a second-round exit at the Australian Open, and didn't play again until Acapulco.