World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has officially withdrawn from the Serbian Open in Belgrade which begins next week. Djokovic and his family suffered the loss of his grandfather last Thursday.
“After consulting with my family, I’ve made a decision not to take part in the tournament this year. I will take some time, try restore my emotional energy. This is certainly one of the toughest decisions in my career, but it is impossible for me to play in the next few days and to think about tennis, when there are some other things in my head,” Djokovic said.
Novak’s uncle, Goran Djokovic, is the tournament director for the Belgrade event.
The Serb is expected to resume his season in two weeks time at the Madrid Open.
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