Tennis player Novak Djokovic announced on Wednesday that he will not play the Indian Wells Masters 1000, which will be played from October 7 to 17. With the loss of the Serbian, there will again be another tournament of this type without the presence of the “Big 3″, a name to refer to the current world number one, the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer. ” I’m sorry I can’t see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favorite place to go. I look forward to seeing you next year!” the Belgrade native wrote on his official social media.
Tournament director Tommy Haas said: “We are disappointed that Novak is unable to join us at the BNP Paribas Open this fall. We look forward to seeing him back at Tennis Paradise next March to fight for a record sixth title in the desert.” It is worth mentioning that the Serbian won this tournament five times in the 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. The 34-year-old is coming off losing the US Open final to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. The defeat prevented him from winning the “Grand Slam”, as he had won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.