From bad to worse. The Miami Masters 1000, considered the fifth major tournament, suffers from absence disease. Novak Djokovic announced that he will not participate, so it adds to the large number of players who have already dropped out of the contest. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it will be the first time that the full ‘Big 3’ will not contest a Masters 1000 in 16 years and four months, since Paris 2004. In total, four of the six best and six Top 15 in the world will be missing.
For different reasons, calendar, health due to Covid-19 or due to injuries, many casualties were added with notice in Miami, which in 2021 will be the first Masters 1000, as Indian Wells is not played. Last year there was no activity in Miami due to the beginning of the pandemic and now the tournament will have too many problems.
Djokovic, No. 1 in the ranking, will not be present in Miami. “I am very sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to compete. I decide to use this precious time at home to stay with my family, “said the Serbian, the winner of that championship, with six titles, a mark he shares with retired American Andre Agassi.
Djokovic, the world leader, was joined by other important names, such as Nadal (3rd), Dominic Thiem (4th) and Federer (6 |). In addition, Gael Monfils (14th) and Pablo Carreño Busta (15th) will be missing, from the lot of the Top 15 of the international ranking.
Nor will other figures of the caliber of Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
And other protagonists of the ATP circuit will not be in the game, such as Filip Krajinovic, Pablo Andujar, Kyle Edmund, Gilles Simon, Marco Cecchinato and some South Americans, such as Guido Pella, Juan Ignacio Londero and Pablo Cuevas.
Without a doubt, a shame for the organizers and spectators. Therefore, Miami will not be the same this year in the face of such a panorama of casualties in the men’s singles table.