Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from Indian Wells Sunday.
The world No. 1 remains unable to get into the U.S. which still requires all foreigners to be vaccinated.
Djokovic is a 5-time Indian Wells champion but hasn’t played since 2019 and in the U.S. since the 2021 US Open. He’ll also likely miss the Miami Masters later this month.
Djokovic said he plans to return in Monte Carlos is he’s denied entry into the U.S.
The Indian Wells draw is scheduled for Monday. Play begins on Thursday in the men’s draw. Carlos Alcaraz is slated to be the top seed followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas. Though Alcaraz’s status is uncertain following a leg injury.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the 2023 BNP Paribas Open.
With his withdrawal, Nikoloz Basilashvili moves into the field.#TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/wUcBn5upc7
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 6, 2023
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Djokovic pays the price again for his eccentric medical beliefs. Opportunities to play, sponsorships lost. Association with odd cultlike “gurus”, both him and his wife, Dad’s unusual behavior, make the Djokovics fit more into “fringe” than normal. Rafa of course is eccentric in many ways, but he comes across as just born that way and still is a very likeable.
Hope Novak grows out of it. Otherwise, he may end up in some cave and never shave again, become an even more odd duck. Become some Serbian mystic that only drinks water from a sacred lake in Tibet, eating only raw organic cauliflower.
March 5th, 2023 at 11:57 pm