American tennis player John Isner says not having Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Miami Masters gives a lot of players an opportunity to make a deep run at the tournament.
All three members of the Big Three group decided to skip the Miami Masters as all of them have turned their focus to the upcoming clay season.
“In a sense, it’s a good litmus test as to how people perceive this event without those three guys, because of course they won’t be playing forever. I think it’s a unique opportunity for a lot of players to try to do well in this event without them in the field. It’s also a unique opportunity to try to showcase all the players that aren’t Roger, Rafa and Novak,” Isner said on how it feels to be in Miami without the Big Three, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
Isner won Miami in 2018
Isner, a former world No. 8, is set to meet Mackenzie McDonald in his Miami opener.
Isner is certainly one of the players that aim to win it all in Miami in the absence of the Big Three.
“Sad to announce that I won’t be playing in Miami, a city that I love,” Nadal tweeted.
“I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay court season in Europe.
“Special message to my fans in the US and in particular to the great Spanish speaking community FL who always give me a great support!”
On the other side, Djokovic tweeted: “Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel to Miami to compete.
“I decided to use this precious time at home to stay with my family.
“With all [the] restrictions, I need to find balance in my time on tour and at home.
“I look forward to coming back next year!”
Meanwhile, Federer returned to training.
“After Doha and maybe Dubai, (Federer) will go back and do a training block to continue to slowly work his way back out on Tour,” his agent Tony Godsick wrote in an email to The Associated Press.