the serbian Novak Djokovicnumber one in the world, will not participate in the tournament Miamisecond Masters 1000 of the season, not receiving special permission to enter the United States for not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Balkan, winner six times in Miami (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016), does not appear on the entry list despite the attempts of the tournament organization and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantisto mediate between the tennis player and the president Joe Biden for him to grant him special permission.
James Blakedirect from the Florida Masters, stated in an interview with Tennis Channel.
We tried so that Novak Djokovic could get the exemption, but this did not happen. We are one of the main tournaments in the world, we would like the best tennis players in the world to play. We did everything we could, we tried to talk to the government, but this is out of our hands.
In this way, Djokovic will again miss the first two Masters 1000 of the course, which he has not played since 2019. He has already been left out of Indian Wells for the same reason: not being vaccinated against Covid-19, a mandatory requirement to enter the North American country.
‘Nole’ will return to action in Monte Carloat the start of the clay-court season, before facing the challenge of breaking the tie for top men’s Grand Slam winner with Rafael Nadal in Roland Garroswhere he longs to raise his great number 23.
Thus, the Murcian Carlos Alcarazsecond in the world, will be the first seed in Miami, where he could reach as the leader of the ATP ranking if he is able to win the title in the Californian desert.
(With information from Europa Press)