The Miami exodus continued today with Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem both pulling out of next week’s first Masters 1000 event of 2021 in Miami.
Nadal, who has never won the Miami event, cited his ongoing back troubles while Thiem, who lost today in Dubai to Lloyd Harris, has a foot issue.
Nadal and Thiem join Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Nick Kyrgios on the list of those not playing, and more will come as international players battle the added hurdle of getting into the U.S.
Former champion Andy Murray is going to play. The 2-time winner accepted a wildcard into the event. He and wife Kim just welcomed their fourth child last week.
Novak Djokovic is also scheduled.
Women’s world No. 1 Ash Barty is expected to defend her 2019 title. The Australian has yet to leave her home country since the pandemic began, but she’s still slated to play Miami and Charleston. So far, the women’s field hasn’t been hit by the withdrawals.
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