Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovicnumber one in the world, will not participate in the tournament in Miami (United States), the second Masters 1000 of the season, not receive a special waiver to enter the United States for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.
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The Balkan, winner six times in Miami (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016), does not appear on the entry list despite the attempts of the tournament organization and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantisto mediate between the tennis player and the president Joe Biden for him to grant him a special exemption.
“We tried so that Novak Djokovic could get the exemption, but this did not happen. We are one of the main tournaments in the world, we would like the best tennis players in the world to play. We did everything we could, we tried to talk to the government, but this is out of our hands“, confirmed the director of the tournament, James Blake, in an interview with Tennis Channel.
In this way, Djokovic will again miss the first two Masters 1000 of the course, which he has not played since 2019. He was already left out of Indian Wells for the same reason: not being vaccinated against the coronavirusa mandatory requirement to enter the North American country.
Djokovic will return to action in Monte Carlo, at the start of the clay court season, before facing the challenge of breaking the tie at the top of the men’s ‘Grand Slam’ classification with Rafa Nadal in Roland Garroswhere he longs to raise his 23rd ‘big’.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 2, 2023
Thus, the Murcian Carlos Alcaraz, second in the world, will be the first seed in Miami, where he could reach as leader of the ATP ranking if he is able to win the title in the Californian desert.