Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open with elbow injury

Mar 14, 2017; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) hits a return during his third round match against Juan Martin Del Potro (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; Indian Wells, CA, UNITED STATES; Novak Djokovic (SRB) hits a return right through his third spherical in shape against Juan Martin Del Potro (now not pictured) within the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Necessary Credit Score: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-U.S.A. AS OF LATE Sports Activities

Serbian world number two Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Miami Open with a proper elbow harm, the tournament’s three-instances reigning champion stated on Sunday.

The damage is the most recent setback for Djokovic, who has suffered a drop in kind given that finishing a sweep of the grand slam titles at last year’s French Open.

“My physician has strongly advised towards play as a result of my elbow harm, that I preserve carrying on for months, obtained worse in the past week,” Djokovic said on the event’s web page.

“I Will do the whole thing in my energy to recover and do all the necessary treatment so that you could return on courtroom as quickly as that you can imagine. Regrettably, I won’t be capable of protect my title in Miami this week.”

Djokovic, who has won a record-tying six titles in Miami, joins world primary Andy Murray on the sidelines of the hardcourt event as the latter withdrew on Saturday, additionally citing a proper elbow injury.

The 29-yr-previous Serb was overwhelmed with the aid of Nick Kyrgios remaining week in the fourth spherical at Indian Wells, marking his 2d loss to the Australian in less than two weeks.

Djokovic described it as “surprising” that he would have to pass over the March 20-April 2 Miami experience, where he received his first Masters event sooner than making his ascent against the highest of the world rankings.

“No marvel they are saying that in activity the most important and most painful defeats come from accidents, and now not from opponents,” mentioned Djokovic.

“I Am lucky that right through my career I did not have many injuries, but I Assume that each one that I Have Been via bodily prior to now so many years did go away a mark on my body.”

(Reporting via Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing via Andrew Each)

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