Former world number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Miami Masters in compliance with the US Covid-19 travel law.
Djokovic, who has not yet been vaccinated against corona, said on Twitter that the US government's Covid-19 law for non-vaccinated foreign nationals was the main reason behind his withdrawal.
"I knew in that moment that it was not possible for me to go to the United States under all the laws," Djokovic wrote. The Centers for Disaster Control (CDC) has confirmed that the law will not change in any way. That's why it's not possible for me to go to the United States. Good luck to those who are playing in two of these extraordinary tournaments of the year.
Djokovic's participation in the traditional ATP Masters tournament has been a concern for the past few weeks, according to US travel restrictions. Although the 34-year-old, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, was named in the main draw on Tuesday.
The tournament chief said on Tuesday that Djokovic's name was on the tournament's entry list. We are currently in contact with his team. Although it is not yet certain whether the CDC will allow him to enter the United States at all.
Djokovic has won the Indian Wells title five times before. Organizers said each player must receive two doses of the vaccine to play in the California desert tournament.
For the same reason, the Serbian star was not allowed to play in the Australian Open in January.
Djokovic has been replaced by Grigor Dimitrov in the main draw, according to Indian Wells organizers.