“Difficult Year For Everyone”: Miami Open Chief Sympathizes With Novak Djokovic’s Withdrawal

Published 03/21/2021, 1:41 PM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – FEBRUARY 29: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves during his men’s final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on Day 13 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)


The Miami Open 2021 will begin tomorrow and fans are quite exhilarated about it. With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are not playing, it’ll be the next-gen players who will try to steal the spotlight this time. While Rafa and Roger are not able to participate because they’re not completely fit, Djoker revealed some other reason for his withdrawal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

After winning the Australian Open 2021, World No.1 Novak Djokovic claimed that he was not able to give adequate time to his family due to the bubble. Thus, he withdrew from the Miami Open 2021 to do exactly that. However, he’s assured the organizers that he will be back next year.

Novak Djokovic reacts during his quarter-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete. I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family. With all restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home. I look forward to coming back next year!” said Djokovic in a recent interview.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tournament Director of the Miami Open 2021, James Blake, understands the decision the World No. 1 has taken and has even extended his support to him. He mentioned that as a father, he understands exactly why it is important to give time to one’s family.

“This has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially for players with families. As a father of two myself, I know how important it is to spend time with your children,” said Blake in a recent interview.

DIVE DEEPER

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem Headline the List of Absentees at Miami Open 2021

about 2 months ago

James Blake hopes that Novak Djokovic will return to Miami next year

Even though he comprehended Novak’s situation this time, Blake also said that he hopes that the Serbian legend would play in Miami next year.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a win during his Men’s Singles third round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. Day Five of the 2020 US Open r on September 04, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to welcome Novak back to Miami next year,” added the Miami Open chief.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As the ‘Big Three’ are not playing, World No.2 Daniil Medvedev will start as the top-seeded player. The tournament couldn’t take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and thus, Roger Federer is still the defending champion.

Fans are really looking forward to witnessing some great tennis at the Miami Open 2021. Who will emerge out as the winner of the competition?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Miami Open 2021 Unveils its New Official Partner

about 2 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Anshul Singh

802 articles

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT