I apologize to my fans and ppl who purchased tickets to watch me play live at @MiamiOpen. Sadly, I’m injured and won’t be able to compete.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 19, 2017
(March 19, 2017) Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Miami Open with a right elbow injury.
“I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament,” said Djokovi in a statement. “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.”
No. 1 Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament on Saturday with a similar injury.
Eight-time champion Serena Williams will be skipping the tournament due to a left knee injury.
The tournament runs from March 20 – April 2.