World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will not play in the Miami Open due to an elbow injury, according to Sasa Ozmo of Sport Klub.
According to freelance reporter Carole Bouchard, the injury limited Djokovic during the BNP Paribas Open. He consulted a doctor in Monaco immediately afterward after losing in the fourth round to Nick Kyrgios in straight sets.
Injuries have been an issue for Djokovic, 29, of late. He withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in 2016 due to a left wrist ailment.
Djokovic revealed in the week leading up to the 2016 U.S. Open that his wrist was still bothering him and that he was concerned about how it would impact his level of play, according to Simon Briggs of the Telegraph:
The wrist hasn't been in an ideal state for the last three-and-a-half weeks. But I'm doing everything in my power with the medical team to make sure that I'm as close to 100 percent as possible during the course of this tournament, at least for the beginning of it. ...
... Sometimes time is what you need as an athlete, and because the U.S. Open is around the corner, I don't have too much time. I will try to compensate and improvise as much as I can and find the best ways of getting myself properly ready.
He reached the final of the U.S. Open, falling to Stan Wawrinka, but he has not looked like himself over the past few months.
Djokovic lost in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open to 117th ranked Denis Istomin. It was an event he had won five of the previous six years.
He has since suffered early defeats to Kyrgios in back-to-back tournaments, and Andy Murray took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings and extended his gap.
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