Champion Djokovic to miss Madrid Open

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Novak Djokovic (proper) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas within the 2019 Madrid Masters closing

World primary Novak Djokovic won’t defend his Madrid Open title after pulling out of subsequent month’s occasion.

The Serb, 33, mentioned he was sorry he wouldn’t be capable of journey to Madrid for the Masters 1000 occasion which begins on Sunday, 4 weeks earlier than the French Open

“It has been two years already, fairly a very long time,” he added. “Hope to see you all subsequent yr.”

Final yr’s Madrid occasion was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic was shocked final weekend by Russian world quantity 28 Aslan Karatsev within the semi-finals of the Serbia Open and earlier this month misplaced to Britain’s Dan Evans in Monte Carlo.

The Serb gained his 18th Grand Slam title in February with victory on the Australian Open.

He’s anticipated to play in Rome and Belgrade subsequent month as a part of his preparations for the French Open, which begins on 30 Could.

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