Sad Djokovic out of Mi­ami

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: World No 2 No­vak Djokovic won’t de­fend his Mi­ami Masters ti­tle, say­ing on Sun­day that he was with­draw­ing be­cause of an el­bow in­jury, the same ail­ment that has also side­lined topranked Andy Mur­ray.

“Sadly, I won’t be able to de­fend my ti­tle in Mi­ami this week,” Djokovic said in a Face­book post­ing.

“My doc­tor has strongly ad­vised against play be­cause my el­bow in­jury, that I keep car­ry­ing on for months, got worse in the past week.

“I will do ev­ery­thing in my power to re­cover and do all the nec­es­sary ther­apy to be able to re­turn on court as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Djokovic joins World No 1 Mur­ray on the side­lines for the elite hard court tour­na­ment. Mur­ray pulled out on Satur­day, also with an el­bow in­jury.

Even as Mur­ray with­drew, there were re­ports that Djokovic was see­ing a doc­tor in Monte Carlo about el­bow trou­ble af­ter fall­ing in the fourth round to 16th-ranked Nick Kyr­gios at the In­dian Wells Masters.

Djokovic’s loss to Kyr­gios was his sec­ond in as many weeks to the Aus­tralian, who also up­set him in the quar­ter-fi­nals at Aca­pulco. AFP

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