“I am very sorry for the Madrid tournament and all the Spanish fans to have to pull out of the Mutua Madrid Open,” said Djokovic on Sunday. “I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid, which is one of the biggest events of the year, but unfortunately my right arm injury has flared up again.
“Now I will take some time to recover and heal my injury, hoping I will be ready for Rome. I look forward to returning to Madrid next year.”
Djokovic first hurt his wrist shortly after his Miami title during practice. Then he tried to play in Monte Carlo but further aggravated the injury. He is still hopeful to play the Rome Masters event next Monday is his “right arm injury” improves.
Djokovic’s absence will be his first from a Masters 1000 event since 2011 Shanghai.
The withdrawal also assures Rafael Nadal will keep his No. 1 ranking.
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