According to reports, Novak Djokovic will not be playing the Madrid Masters which is due to begin its men’s event next week.
The Spanish media out Marca said Djokovic withdrew due to the scheduling. He had won the title three times including 2019 when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Because of the COVID ranking protection, the World No. 1 will still keep 50% of his 1000 points from 2019.
Djokovic has had a poor start to the clay season going just 3-2 with a shock loss to Dan Evans in Monte Carlo and a marathon stunner to Aslan Karatsev in the Belgrade semifinals.
Djokovic is still scheduled to play Rome and then potentially return to his family event for the second edition of Belgrade the week before the French Open.
Roger Federer also passed on the Spanish event. Rafael Nadal will be the top seed.
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