Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Novak Forced to Withdraws from Miami Open with Elbow Injury

World no.2 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Miami Open presented by Itau with an elbow injury. Novak Djokovic will not be featuring in Miami Open after picking up know that Djokovic won the competiton last year, but will be unable to defend his title.

World No 1 Murray confirmed on Saturday that he will miss the event, which begins on Wednesday, for the first time since 2005. And he was swiftly followed out of the draw by defending champion Djokovic.

“I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament. My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week. I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return on court as soon as possible. Sadly, I won’t be able to defend my title in Miami this week. Believe me, it is as shocking to me, as it is to you. I had incredible run in Miami, I won there my first Masters tournament and started my campaign towards the top of the world rankings. No wonder they say that in sport the biggest and most painful defeats come from injuries, and not from opponents. I am lucky that throughout my career I didn’t have many injuries, but I guess that all that I’ve been through physically in the past so many years did leave a mark on my body. I remain eternally grateful for all the love and support I receive from you. Thank you for believing in me,” said Novak, a winner of a record 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.

Djokovic's decision means Murray will stretch his lead at the top of the rankings without having to pick up a racket. Because the Serb won the title in Miami last year and Murray lost in the last 32, the Scot's lead will increase to more than 4,000 points.

“My doctor has strongly advised against play,” said Djokovic. “Because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week."

As a result, the two Swiss men who on Sunday evening contested the final of Indian Wells will be the tournament’s strongest draw cards.
It will be the first Masters event since Rome 2005 to feature neither Murray nor Djokovic. After dominating last season, the world's two best players have now failed to make it past the last 16 in any of 2017's first three big events — the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.


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