ATP CEO on Djokovic exclusion from Indian Wells: "We're sorry"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 302
Novak Djokovic will have to wait a few more months to be able to enter the United States freely. The Serbian had requested special permission to participate in the Indian Wells Masters 1000, but the response of the competent authorities confirmed the rumors launched by Florida Senator Rick Scott and the Serbian canceled himself from the tournament before the main draw was drawn.
A choice already anticipated by Djokovic himself in Dubai. The Belgradean did not want to damage the BNP Paribas Open. "We will see what happens and what the answer will be. At the moment I am only thinking about doing well in Dubai.
As for the draw, I won't wait for it to take place in case I don't know yet whether I can play or not. Whatever happens, we will know before the draw."
Andrea Gaudenzi: "We are particularly sorry for Novak Djokovic"
Andrea Gaudenzi, CEO of the ATP, expressed all his regret for the non-presence of Djokovic in Indian Wells.
"It is not a decision by Indian Wells, but by the United States as he cannot enter the country, it is a law by the White House and by President Biden. We're sorry, because we'd like to see our number 1 in the world play all the tournaments," declared Gaudenzi in the conference that outlined the balance sheet of the last edition of the ATP Finals in Turin.
Gaudenzi also added: "And we are particularly sorry, because now the restrictions are somewhat relaxed in all countries and I believe that the USA will also open soon. So it's a bit of a shame that for a few months he can't play two Master 1000s”.
Djokovic should therefore return directly to clay in Monte Carlo, a tournament in which he has not reached the semi-finals since 2015. That year he managed to beat Rafael Nadal before lifting the trophy to the sky by winning the final against Tomas Berdych in three sets.