Important news for the first time Masters 1,000 of the year, of Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic He will not be able to compete for the third year in a row due to his unvaccinated condition COVID-19. Serbian who does not comply with the regulations still in force United StateYou will never be able to set foot in a North American country.
Indian Wells itself announced the withdrawal of Djokovic from the box, who did not receive the exemption he had fought for in recent weeks. The statement did not specify the reason, but it is clear that it is for non-compliance with US rules on the pandemic to get into the country.
The Serbs’ only option was to get an exception from the US authorities, but in the end that assumption didn’t happen for this tournament, which will take place from March 6-19.
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Thus, the current No. 1 in the world will overtake Indian Wells for the fourth year in a row – counting the 2020 edition that was not held due to the pandemic – and it is also difficult to be in Miami Open Championship (March 19 – April 2), the other 1000 Masters that are played immediately after.
Djokovic’s absence opens the way for Carlos Alcaraz He can regain first place in the ATP ranking, despite the arrival of the young Spaniard between the cotton wool in these two tournaments in the United States where he defends many points (he was a semi-finalist in Indian Wells in 2022 and champion in Miami).
Alcaraz who missed it ATP From Acapulco, to the slopes this week after his latest injury. He did so after extending the lead on Monday to a career total of 380 points with Djokovic at number one. Currently, the Serbian dominates the ranking with 7160 points against 6780 points for the Moorish tennis player.
Alcaraz’s calculations are clear, considering that Djokovic will not be in Indian Wells. By defending his semi-final status, he will only be able to win the title of the tournament being held in California To regain the world tennis crown. It will not be enough to beat Nol to be one of the finalists.
In addition, Alcaraz will have the complex task of defending No. 1 Miami. As champion, he won’t be able to score points this year and just has to defend his 1000 title so he doesn’t fall back to number two in the world rankings. That is if Djokovic also leaves without participating in the tournament. In doing so, it would be almost impossible for the Spaniard not to find himself once again beaten by the winner by 22 Grand Slam.
This is the tennis scene ahead of the two major tournaments to be played on American soil. In this will not be ruff Nadalwho has already confirmed that he’s getting ready to get back on the slopes for the clay court tour that will start in Monte Carlo (April 8-16) will lead to Roland tentacles (May 22 – June 11).
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