MIAMI, Florida: World quantity two Novak Djokovic gained’t defend his Miami Masters title subsequent week, saying on Sunday that he was withdrawing due to an elbow damage, the identical ailment that has additionally sidelined prime-ranked Andy Murray.
“Sadly, I gained’t be capable of defend my title in Miami this week,” Djokovic stated in a Fb posting.
“My physician has strongly suggested towards play as a result of my elbow damage, that I maintain carrying on for months, acquired worse up to now week. I’ll do every little thing in my energy to recuperate and do all the required remedy to have the ability to return on courtroom as quickly as potential.”
Djokovic joins world primary Murray on the sidelines for the elite onerous courtroom event. Murray pulled out on Saturday, additionally with an elbow damage.
Whilst Murray withdrew, there have been stories that Djokovic was seeing a physician in Monte Carlo about elbow hassle after falling within the fourth spherical to sixteenth-ranked Nick Kyrgios on the Indian Wells Masters.
Djokovic’s loss to Kyrgios was his second in as many weeks to the Australian, who additionally upset him within the quarter-finals at Acapulco.
“Consider me, it’s as surprising to me as it’s to you,” Djokovic advised his followers on Fb.
“I had unimaginable run in Miami, I gained there my first Masters event and began my marketing campaign in the direction of the highest of the world rankings. No marvel they are saying that in sport the most important and most painful defeats come from accidents, and never from opponents.
“I’m fortunate that all through my profession I didn’t have many accidents, however I assume that each one that I’ve been by way of bodily up to now so a few years did depart a mark on my physique.”
Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, introduced the transfer on Twitter, saying, “I apologize to my followers and ppl who bought tickets to observe me play reside at @MiamiOpen. Sadly, I’m injured and gained’t have the ability to compete.”
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