For the first time since 2000, there will be no Big 3 playing the Indian Wells Masters.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have long shut down their 2021 seasons, and now Novak Djokovic has officially withdrawn from next week’s event at Indian Wells.
“I am sorry I wont get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year!” Djokovic said.
The world No. 1 could still play the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in November. Djokovic is coming off a brutal stretch where he came up just short of his first Olympic gold in Tokyo and then a crushing defeat for the Calendar Slam in the US Open final.
Djokovic could also lose his No. 1 ranking if Daniil Medvedev continues his winning ways.
Djokovic is a 5-time Indian Wells winner most recently taking the title in 2016.
Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty earlier withdrew from the event as did Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams.
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