6-Time Champion Novak Djokovic Is Now Officially Out Of Miami With An Elbow Injury
by Staff | March 19th, 2017, 1:32 pm
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It’s official, for the first time in his career Novak Djokovic will not play in the Miami Open which begins on Wednesday.

In a statement on social media today, Djokovic cited a bad elbow as the reason for his withdrawal.

“I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament,” Sharapova said. “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 #NoleFam”

Djokovic had won Miami the last three years, and six times overall, claiming his first Masters title as a 19-year-old in Miami in 2007 when he beat Guillermo Canas.

Djokovic will also drop 1,000 ranking points and fall further behind current No. 1 Andy Murray in the 52-week rankings. And he’ll also lose out on a chance to gain more points in the 2017 Race, which Roger Federer leads.

The withdrawals of Murray and Djokovic put Stan Wawrinka as the top seed. The draw is set to be released tomorrow afternoon.


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7 Comments for 6-Time Champion Novak Djokovic Is Now Officially Out Of Miami With An Elbow Injury

Gordon Says:

Um… Sharapova? That’s a bizarre typo, right?


Berghain Says:

I wasnt going to say anything but I though the same. I thought maybe its a joke!


Czarlazar Says:

Not many similarities. Sharapova is heavier and has bigger biceps.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

The Fall of the House of Djokovic has got to be one of the strangest entries in the annals of tennis history.


the_mind_reels Says:

Given how successful Djokovic was at the start of 2016 (in particular compared to Murray), his poor results at the start of this year are icing on the cake for Murray as far as his ranking goes, as Murray continues to pad his lead in the 52-week rolling rankings and Wawrinka inches ever closer to Djokovic.

Over the next 10 weeks, Djokovic will need to better defend the 4,000+ points at stake, of which 1,000 are already lost given his injury this week. Nadal looks best poised to snag some of those away, but I expect some of the young guns (Thiem, Zverev) to make a splash on the clay.

I wish Djokovic a speedy recovery from his elbow woes…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

For now, tennis is the loser with Novak and Murray out, and possibly Raonic as well. In the long run, though, it may set up for a super-exciting clay season: I think its safe to say that one of Fed or Rafa will go far in Miami. Maybe Thiem or Wawrinka or Del Potro… It will allow some of the lesser-top ten to gain mojo and headlines.

By the time the 1 and 2 come back, it will be like merging sports leagues: lots of hot star-power, lots of anticipation for the match-ups to come.


Van Persie Says:

Did not say anything about the elbow injury…well, clay is the most demanding surface, so do not have great expectations for this year from Djoko at the FO. We’ll see.


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