PALM SPRINGS – Calif world no 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Bnp Paribas open,the tournament has announced,marking the fourth consecutive year he will not play at the iconic Indian wells tennis tournament.
Djokovic’s comes little more than a week after the Serbian tennis star told reporters that he had applied for a waiver to bypass a mendate in the United states that all foreign traveler’s flying into the country by vaccinated for covid -19 the mendate is set to expire May 11.
Djokovic told “Its not in my hands”to reports on feb 22,”I’m waiting for an answer “.All i know is that the process is ongoing,But i m glad that I have the support of the tournament directors.I just hope that the decision will think the same “.
From March 6-19 the BNP Paribas open will run at the Indian wells tennis garden.with Djokovic withdrawl ,Nikolozo Basilasvilli ,who ranked 113 moves into men’s draw
On monday Djokovic began his 378 th week as No 1 in the peeperstone ATP ranking to overtake WTA legend Steffi grafs record for the most week spent at the top of the sport.
Djokovic,35 with his withdrawal is now the second high -profile men”s tennis player to withdraw from the higest attended international tournament outside of the majors ,rafel Nadal withdrew from event on 28th feb due to leg injury be suffers at the Australian open which Djokovic won to tie him with Nadal for most grand slam titels in the history of men’s tennis.