Home Editors' Picks World number one Djokovic withdraws from Madrid Open on coronavirus travel concerns
BENGALURU — World number one Novak Djokovic will not defend his Madrid Open title next week as he decided against traveling for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 event, organizers said on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old was last seen in action on his home soil at the Serbia Open last week, where he reached the semifinals before losing to Russia’s Aslan Karatsev.
“Sorry that I won’t be able to travel to Madrid this year and meet all my fans,” Djokovic said in a message shared by the Madrid Open organizers on Twitter.
“It’s been two years already, quite a long time. Hope to see you all next year!”
The coronavirus pandemic had forced the 2020 edition of the Madrid Open to be canceled, which means 2019 winner Djokovic is still the last champion at the event.
Djokovic is still expected to feature at next month’s Rome Masters and Belgrade Open in the lead-up to the claycourt major in Paris, which begins on May 30. — Reuters