Novak Djokovic shocked tennis fans when he confirmed the news in surprise move

Djokovic only played two matches at Indian Wells and hasn’t played much at all so far this year, leading to speculation he would enter the Miami Open next week. But on Thursday it was first reported that the Serbian star won’t be playing in Miami and has opted to end his hard-court season.

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The 36-year-old confirmed the news on Saturday, saying: “At this stage of my career, I’m balancing my private and professional schedule. I’m sorry that I won’t experience some of the best and most passionate fans in the world.”

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Djokovic has cut back his schedule in recent years in order to spend more time with his family, including his two young kids Tara and Stefan. Nevertheless, tennis fans were saddened to hear he won’t be playing in Miami.

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Before returning to the BNP Paribas Open for his opening match this past Saturday, Djokovic hadn’t appeared at either leg of the Sunshine Double since 2019. The Serbian memorably claimed his first of a record-breaking 40 Masters 1000 titles at Miami in 2007. He has won 11 total titles between Indian Wells and Miami, but has now failed to win either of the two prestigious hard-court events since 2016.

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Djokovic is likely to turn his attention to the clay-court swing and is expected to be back in action at the Monte Carlo Masters at the start of April. Speaking after his loss to Nardi, Djokovic left the door ajar to play in Miami. 

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“For the moment, Miami is there, so let’s see,” he said. “Obviously 10 minutes ago I was on the court, so I’m still hot-headed a bit. I need to take a day or two and then see what I want to do next.”

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“I do play fewer tournaments so I’m more selective with my schedule. Of course, it’s not a great feeling when you drop out very early in the tournament and especially here, I haven’t played five years. I really wanted to do well but wasn’t meant to be. We move on.”

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