Novak Djokovic will not compete in the Masters 1000 in Miami. The Serbian, number 1 in the world, communicated his decision relying on a short message on Twitter. It therefore becomes official a decision that he has been snaking since the last few weeks, or rather since the end of the Australian Open (read the injury he played over from the third round to the final). This is the text of Djokovic’s message: “Dear fans, I am really sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to compete. I have decided to use this precious time at home to be with my family. With all the restrictions, I have to balance my time on the tour and my time at home. I can’t wait to return next year”. Taking advantage of the Serbian’s forfeit is Australian Alexei Popyrin, who was originally among the alternates and entered the qualifiers. If there were to be just one more forfeit, then Lorenzo Musetti, currently in the semifinal at the ATP 500 in Acapulco, would enter directly into the main draw. The simultaneous absence of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was an event that, in a Masters 1000 (or, in ancient times, Masters Series), had not occurred since time immemorial: we must go back to Paris-Bercy 2004 to find a similar event. The Serbian, in particular, due to the effect of the regulation on points that will come into force from Miami will lose 45 points, since he had won 90 points in 2019 and will be worth keeping 50% in a case like this (or defeat before the round reached at the time). Dirk Hordorff, vice-president of the German Tennis Federation, recently took aim at several top stars – including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – while speaking about the revised ATP ranking system. Hordorff also took a jibe at the ATP itself, saying that their rules might sound complicated but in reality they only benefit the big names.
Hordorff on Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic
According to Dirk Hordorff, the main purpose of the current rankings system is to protect the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The German claimed that the ‘Big 3’ have not voiced their concern about this system despite having the power to do so, because they are only concerned about their individual ranking spots. Dirk Hordorff went on to claim that the rankings of players other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not given enough importance. The German believes that Daniil Medvedev’s ascent to the World No. 2 position has largely gone unnoticed. “And who cares about the rest,” Hordorff continued. “Daniil Medvedev is 2 in the ranking, but nobody really knows this. Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev are pissed that they are winning but don’t climb in the ranking. Denis Shapovalov doesn’t know wether he should play because he doesn’t like bubbles and realize that what ever he plays doesn’t change his ranking. And the rest suffers and don’t know what to do. Again: who give a shit about them? Nobody.”