World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has been forced to officially withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open beginning on Monday. The reason behind his withdrawal was that he had suffered a recurrence of the right wrist injury that hindered his performances three weeks ago in Monte-Carlo.
“I am very sorry for the Madrid tournament and all the Spanish fans to have to pull out of the Mutua Madrid Open,” said Djokovic on Sunday. “I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid, which is one of the biggest events of the year, but unfortunately my right arm injury has flared up again.”
The second-seed will now take the opportunity to rest and heal his injury, and still expects to take part in the Rome Masters.
“Now I will take some time to recover and heal my injury, hoping I will be ready for Rome. I look forward to returning to Madrid next year.”
Novak lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the Madrid second round last year and has only 10 points to defend, compared to the 1000 points that Nadal will defend. Had Djokovic won the title and Nadal had been beaten before the quarter-final round, the Serb would have usurped the No. 1 ranking this week.
Djokovic’s next tournament, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, begins Sunday, 11 May