- 19 Mar 2021
The world No 1 announced his withdrawal via social media on Friday, saying he wanted to balance family life with his tennis career.
Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete. I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family. With all restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home. I look forward to coming back next year!
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 19, 2021
Funnily enough, Djokovic’s withdrawal was anticipated by Andrey Rublev, the Russian letting slip that Djokovic might not be there when he was looking forward to his own Miami Open hopes.
“I want to be as ready as I can for Miami because there’s not going to Rafa, no Federer, no Djokovic, no Dominic (Thiem) and in my case, at all Masters 1000s, I have no points, so I can win a lot of points. It’s a really great challenge for me. I want to be ready to play good there.”
At the time, it seemed as if Rublev had misspoken but the Russian was clearly well informed.
With the big three missing in Miami, world No 2 Daniil Medvedev will lead the field for the first Masters 1000 of the year, which begins on March 24.
Djokovic’s next outing will be at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where Nadal, the 11-times champion, will also make his 2021 clay-court bow.