Djokovic withdraws from participation in Indian Wells tournament

The 34-year-old Serbian was the tournament champion in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Photo: Kena Betancur |  AFP - Photo: Kena Betancur |  AFP

Two weeks after a disappointing loss in the final at the US Open, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, 29 announced that he will not participate in the Indian Wells tournament in October.

“I’m sorry I can’t see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favorite place. I look forward to seeing them next year,” he posted on Twitter, the world number one. said.

“We are disappointed that Novak cannot join us,” said US tournament director Tommy Haas.

“We hope that he will fight again in Tennis Paradise next March for his sixth title in the desert, quite a record,” said the manager.

On 12 September, Djokovic was defeated by Russian Daniil Medvedev in a decision at the US Open, which resulted in the Serb being barred from winning his fourth Grand Slam of the season.

If he beat Medvedev, Djokovic would be the first tennis player to win all four major tournaments on the circuit in a single season, an unheard of feat in the past 50 years, and only behind Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in the number of Grand Slams. will leave Topic.

The 34-year-old Serb was champion in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Indian Wells, a hard court tournament held in the California desert of the same name, located approximately 200 km east of Los Angeles. Is.

Federer and Nadal will also not feature in this edition of the Masters 1000 tournament (October 4-17), which is under the category of Grand Slam.

In the women’s section, world number one Australian Ashleigh Barty and four Grand Slam tournament winner Japanese Naomi Osaka will not be in attendance at the event.

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