Novak Djokovic: the official decision for Miami
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 338
Novak Djokovic will have to give up the 1000 in Miami again this year. Although the news had been in the air for some time, the official announcement from the American tournament arrived a little while ago. The Serbian tennis player, number one in the world ranking, after giving up Indian Wells a fortnight ago due to the impossibility of being able to enter the USA due to his unvaccinated status against Covid-19, will also have to give up the second 1000 of the season .
The 35-year-old Serbian has waited until today for an opening to obtain an exemption and participate in the tournament but it has not arrived. To see Novak Djokovic back on the field now, we will have to wait for next month and more precisely in the second week of April when the first 1000m on red clay of the season will take place in Monte Carlo.
Instead of him, Daniel Elahi Galan will enter the main draw, thus avoiding the qualifiers. Still on the subject of forfeits, Sebastian Korda also had to give up the tournament in place of Denis Kudla. Therefore, the Italian Marco Cecchinato also hopes to enter the main draw, who is currently the first on the list in the event of another cancellation.
Novak Djokovic, who could risk losing the first position in the world rankings if Carlos Alcaraz were to win Indian Wells, tried to get the pass to Miami until the last minute.
Ivanisevic had already taken this situation into account
A few weeks ago his coach Goran Ivanisevic nurtured hopes for the tournament in Florida even if he had declared that in the event of a ban it would not have been the end of the world: "We didn't give up.
He wants to play and I hope they will let him. It would be great for both him and tennis. Otherwise, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Also last year he did not play these two tournaments. The most important thing is to find out as early as possible, so that you can plan your next commitments.
In terms of preparing for the European clay season though, I'm not sure if playing in Miami is the best solution. It all depends on Novak, in the past he won the Monte Carlo tournament after playing both Indian Wells and Miami."