Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Madrid Open, with the world No.1 combating an elbow harm simply over a month earlier than the beginning of the French Open.
The 22-time grand slam champion wore strapping on his proper elbow finally week’s Monte Carlo Masters, struggling a shock defeat to Lorenzo Musetti within the third spherical.
He was again in motion on the Srpska Open in Banja Luka this week, shedding to fellow Serbian Dusan Lajovic within the quarter-finals, and sparked issues relating to his harm.
Djokovic described his elbow as “not in an excellent situation” on Tuesday, although he added it was “adequate” for him to proceed his preparations for Roland Garros.
On Saturday, nevertheless, it was confirmed Djokovic wouldn’t compete on the upcoming Masters 1000 occasion in Madrid, which he has received on three earlier events.
Djokovic’s absence from the clay-court occasion, which finishes simply three weeks earlier than the French Open begins, leaves the 35-year-old going through a battle to be match for the second grand slam of the yr.
Djokovic won’t be the one big-name absentee in Madrid, with Rafael Nadal withdrawing earlier this week as he continues his personal battle with an harm to his left hip.
With Nadal’s possibilities of collaborating on the French Open additionally within the steadiness, match director Amelie Mauresmo stated it was “exhausting to think about” the occasion happening with out the 14-time winner.
Each Djokovic and Nadal might be concentrating on a record-breaking twenty third grand slam singles title if in a position to compete on the French Open, which is able to run from Might 28 to June 11.
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